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Powys benefits from Spring Clean Cymru campaign

Image of a group of volunteers litter picking

22 June 2021

Image of a group of volunteers litter pickingPowys communities have come out in force over the past two weeks to join in with the national Spring Clean Cymru campaign to help keep our beautiful outdoor spaces clean and tidy.

Running from 28 May till 13 June, Spring Clean Cymru was part of the Great British Spring Clean delivered across the UK in collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Wales Tidy.

Amongst the many clean-up activities that have taken place across the county, the members of Long Mountain WI borrowed the litter picking kit from Welshpool library and covered seven miles of local country lanes collecting litter on the way. A fitting tribute to Lady Brunner OBE who, in 1954 as Chair of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, founded the Keep Britain Tidy movement.

Town and community councillors and council staff joined forces to help give Newtown a spring clean. In just two hours the busy group picked up 12 bags of rubbish and eight bags of recyclable material from Llanidloes Road, Vaynor and Trehafren. Meanwhile, a group of eager volunteers cleaned-up Rhayader and the 1st Brecon Scout Group spent a productive couple of hours clearing up their local area.

This year, we have seen many companies, including Powys based businesses, getting into the community spirit by becoming involved with Spring Clean Cymru.

Welsh Water employees working in Norton and Presteigne put down their tools at the end of the day and picked up some litter pickers to help keep the community they have been working in for the last six months clean and tidy, while staff from both the Welshpool and Newtown branches of Tesco volunteered to litter pick in the area around the stores.

Volunteers from Utility Warehouse got together to climb Pen Y Fan and litter pick at the same time. Tying in with Spring Clean Cymru, the mountain clean-up event was organised as part of the company's corporate charity work for the marine conservation charity, Ocean Generation, which aim to reduce the amount of plastic litter entering water courses.

"It has been heartening to see all the clean-up activity across the county over the past few weeks." says Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste.

"The past 18 months has made many of us really appreciate how important a clean and safe outdoor environment is for our health and well-being. But since lockdown restrictions have eased, there has been a real sense of frustration at the increase in litter, much of which could easily have been recycled.

"Spring Clean Cymru was the perfect opportunity for us to take a stand and declare that litter is not acceptable, and our wonderful Powys communities did not disappoint. There is no doubt that everywhere is looking great after a couple of weeks of TLC with people across the county doing their bit to clean-up the streets, verges, parks and the outdoor spaces on their doorsteps. Diolch pawb.

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