Three-hundred volunteers from across Cardiff turned out to help give the River Taff a well-deserved clean-up over the weekend (17-19 February).

The Great Taff Tidy, organised by Keep Wales Tidy and sponsored by Redrow Homes, saw community groups, businesses, sports clubs and students come together for a weekend of action.

In total, volunteers removed nearly 400 bags of litter from the river and the surrounding area – not to mention larger items, including shopping trollies, bikes, an anchor and the remains of a rusting car!

Beverley Wookey, Sales Director at Redrow Homes South Wales, said:

At Redrow we’re passionate about protecting the environment for future generations. The River Taff is an integral part of the landscape of South Wales and is vital to wildlife and recreational activities in the area, so making sure that the river stays clean and safe for everyone who uses it is incredibly important.  We were therefore delighted to sponsor and take part in The Great Taff Tidy 2017.

The Keep Wales Tidy campaign had the backing of BBC presenter, writer and Cardiff resident, Will Millard.

Will said:

I’ve been proud to support The Great Taff Tidy 2017. The River Taff has been transformed since the days of heavy industry which has allowed fish, plants and wildlife to thrive. However, we can’t take this for granted – it’s incredibly important that we continue to care for our river.

Organisations that joined the campaign included: Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales, Glamorgan Cricket, Sport Wales, Cardiff Canoe Club, Cardiff Rivers Group, Keep Grangetown Tidy, Llandaff Rowing Club, ACT Training, Friends of Hailey Park, Cardiff Tidy Taffs, Cardiff Rotaract, UNA Exchange, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Green Days.

Gareth Davies, Project Officer for Keep Wales Tidy, said:

It was fantastic to see so many people from across Cardiff getting involved in The Great Taff Tidy. It’s vital that we all do our bit to care for our local environment and this weekend has been a perfect example of what local communities can achieve when they work together. 

We would like to thank Cardiff Parks Services and cleansing teams at Cardiff Council for their help in disposing of the waste collected. We are also incredibly grateful to our sponsor, Redrow Homes, as The Great Taff Tidy 2017 would not have been possible without their support.

Inspired by The Great Taff Tidy? Join Keep Wales Tidy for the first ever Spring Clean Cymru (1-5 March) - a brand new litter campaign to encourage people across Wales to get together this St David’s Day and help care for our beautiful country. 

Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus a Redrow Homes yn ymuno ar gyfer Tacluso’r Taf