Blaenau Children in Tidy-up Campaign

Date: 24/07/2019

1 - Ysgol Manod

2 - Ysgol Tanygrisiau

Children from Ysgol Tanygrisiau and Ysgol Manod, Blaenau Ffestiniog have made the most of the fine weather recently by getting out of the classroom to collect and recycle litter in their local community.

Staff from Y Dref Werdd were joined by the nursery, reception and years 1 and 2 of Ysgol Tanygrisiau for a walk to Tanygrisiau lake, with four bags of rubbish being gathered within two hours. Along with the efforts in Tanygrisiau, pupils in years 3 and 4 at Ysgol Manod also went out around their community, where they succeeded in collecting six bags of rubbish during the morning.

One of those helping the children at Ysgol Manod was teacher Manon Jones-Evans, who added: “The children were shocked by how much litter was found but greatly enjoyed a chance to make a difference to their area.”

Megan Thorman, who is an Environmental Project Officer with the Dref Werdd, said: “We had an amazing morning with the children. After showing the children what was rubbish and what could be recycled, they all made an effort to make sure that what was collected was put in the right bag.

“The children were so enthusiastic and eager to take part, and I think they would have carried on all afternoon if they’d had the chance! I would like to thank Gwynedd Council’s Caru Cymru project and Council staff for the disposal of the bags.”

Local Gwynedd Councillor, Annwen Daniels who is also a board member of Dref Werdd, said: “It’s great to see the children get the chance with Dref Werdd to go out into the community to help remove litter.

“This initiative is an education and good experience for the children, but it also shows those responsible for the mess that our children are willing to lead with the message that everyone should put rubbish in a bin.”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said: “It’s heartening to see so many schoolchildren in Gwynedd going out to collect litter. I would like to thank Ysgol Tanygrisiau and Ysgol Manod for their enthusiasm in improving their local environment, to Dref Werdd for facilitating their initiative and also to Gwynedd Council’s Caru Cymru project for their contribution.

“With the rise in the number of schools taking part in such projects, the future seems a brighter place for all of us.”

Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s Street Enforcement Team on 01766 771000.

For more information about Gwynedd Council's Caru Cymru project contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to CaruCymru@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

The equipment was provided by the Dref Werdd and is available to community groups, schools, and local residents for general litter collection activities.

If you’d like to borrow the Equipment, contact the Dref Werdd on 01766 830082 or send an email to ymholiadau@drefwerdd.cymru (Facebook / Twitter: @ydrefwerdd).

Y Dref Werdd is a social enterprise project which aims to benefit the environment and the local community in the Vale of Ffestiniog. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Pictures: 1. Ysgol Manod Pupils.

                 2. Ysgol Tanygrisiau Pupils.