Cwm Cadnant litter clearance in Caernarfon

Date: 02/05/2019

A recent litter clearance project led by Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Town initiative on Llanberis Road, Caernarfon netted a large and varied amount of litter and fly-tipped items. The Council owned land borders the beautiful Coed Cadnant woodland nature reserve, managed by the Woodland Trust, and as such the problem here is particularly disappointing

The project took two people six days of continuous work to remove all the items, which had built up over many years. The site is situated between the residential areas of Ysgubor Goch and Maesincla and is also near to a busy local convenience store, with a number of refuse bins nearby.

Local Gwynedd Councillor, Cemlyn Rees Williams, said: “I’m very pleased that this work has now been completed. Litter hotspots often occur on popular paths near to convenience stores and busy community paths and so I think education is key to dealing with this problem. 

“I’m also aware that there are local people and groups who are now picking up litter and so it’s very important that we build on these positive initiatives.”

Gwynedd Council Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member, Councillor Catrin Wager, said: “I’m grateful that Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns is tackling littering with clean-up projects such as this one near Coed Cadnant, and also, importantly, with educational projects and an initiative to empower individuals and communities to do something directly themselves. 

“The growing number of people taking part in litter-picks in Gwynedd is really heartening, and Gwynedd Council is proud to be helping them get established and thereafter working with them to make a real difference to our local environment.”

Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale, said: “Although the litter has accumulated over time, it’s still particularly disappointing to find so many bottles, cans, food packaging and also larger fly-tipped items, such as kids’ toys and garden furniture.

“We’ve been working with local primary schools in recent years, with pupils at Ysgol Maesincla enthusiastically designing an anti-litter poster – and two of these have now been placed along this stretch of Llanberis Road.”

Though Gwynedd compares well with other areas in Wales for street cleanliness, littering and its effects are still a persistent problem affecting some areas.

Those who thoughtlessly throw rubbish in any public place are committing a crime. A person found guilty of littering can receive a fine of up to £2,500.

For more information regarding Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, contact the team on 01766 771 000 or send an e-mail to

The Tidy Towns initiative is funded by Welsh Government, with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment.

Pictures: Rubbish collected near Cwm Cadnant.