Dyffryn Ogwen children in litter-picking campaign

Date: 31/07/2018

Pupils in Year 8 at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen became community champions recently as they took part in a local anti-litter campaign.

Their campaign targeted areas of Bethesda where littering and anti-social behaviour have often been reported, and was part of a partnership of local groups who came together on the day in an attempt to raise awareness of litter in the environment.

On behalf of the school, Deputy Headteacher Richard Smith, said: “The children were initially a bit sceptical as to the value of this project, but following their impressive efforts out in the community and joint discussions with our partners, we began to see a positive change in their attitude. 

“At Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen we think it’s important to educate pupils directly in wider environmental issues, such as how our activities today affect the local and wider global environment tomorrow. I’d like to thank our partners in this project for enabling it to go ahead safely and effectively.” 

Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal matters, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, said: “Tidy Towns is happy to have been able to help this worthy campaign at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen. It’s great to see our teenage community showing their willingness to engage with this problem – after all, it’s their generation that will have to deal with the effects of this pollution in years to come.”

Local Gwynedd Councillor Rheinallt Puw, said: “I’m very happy to see that our young residents have been active in tackling the litter problem in Bethesda. This is a prime example of education extending beyond the school and into the community, and will no doubt reap its rewards in years to come. I commend all at the school for their vision and environmental awareness.”

Those taking part in the campaign were: Balchder Bro Ogwen, Bethesda Litterpickers, North Wales Police, North Wales Wildlife Trust, Partneriaeth Ogwen and Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns.

Those who discard litter in a public place are committing a crime. Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500.

For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start a community group contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru if you’d like to request a community pack.

Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme is funded by a Welsh Government grant which aims to improve Wales’ local environment.

PHOTOGRAPH: Some of those who have been part of the campaign to tackle issues in the Dyffryn Ogwen area