Young Litter Heroes in Aberdaron and Llanfrothen

Date: 26/06/2019

Aberdaron

Ysgol y Garreg

 Young children from Aberdaron and Llanfrothen, Gwynedd have been busy recently collecting rubbish in their community.

On a beautiful spring morning in Aberdaron, Arwyr Sbwriel Aberdaron held a sponsored walk and litter-pick in the village to raise money for the local Ysgol Feithrin. With the support of Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, the school’s family and friends went out with the children to get to grips with the litter problem on the beach.

The group came across all sorts of unpleasant items, such as dirty rags, dog mess and cigarette butts. In addition, there were unusual discarded items, such as a pair of sunglasses and a burnt sun lounger, together with the usual bags, containers and countless plastic bottles.

Sioned Mair Williams, who arranged the event, said: “We succeeded in collecting a fair amount of waste that would, more than likely, have found its way into the sea, and besides the litter collecting we managed to raise over £450 for the Ysgol Feithrin.

“We really hope that we can complete another similar event on the Llyn Peninsula before long. A big thank you to all who contributed and to Gwynedd Council for providing the equipment.”

Local councillor, Gareth Roberts said: “We are so lucky hear on the end of the Llyn Peninsula to have such a wonderful landscape, but it’s so disappointing to see so much litter of all sorts on the beaches. I’d like to thank Arwyr Sbwriel Aberdaron for arranging such a worthwhile initiative and to the children, of course, for their unique contribution.”

Younger pupils from Ysgol Y Garreg, Llanfrothen have also been busy collecting rubbish around their school, as well as creating awareness-raising posters.

Emma Lewthwaite, their teacher at Ysgol y Garreg, said: “The children were very enthusiastic to help collect litter, and following the event they decided to create colourful posters to help keep the village tidy. Many thanks to Tidy Towns for their support before and after the event.”

Local councillor, Gareth Thomas said: “It’s good to see Ysgol y Garreg taking this initiative with the young ones.  The younger children have great enthusiasm to act and so channelling this into something so worthwhile is wonderful to see.  Thanks to all at the school for your efforts and especially the children.”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member, said: “It’s wonderful to see Aberdaron and Llanfrothen’s youngest residents able to go out to help remove litter in their communities.  The environmental quality these children inherit is largely up to us, so very many thanks to all who contributed for their positive awareness in arranging these events.” 

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 Tidy Towns scheme contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Pictures: 1. Children in Aberdaron with collected litter; 2. Ysgol y Garreg pupils, Llanfrothen with collected litter.