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Cathays residents volunteer to clean up area

RESIDENTS, students and councillors helped pick litter in Cogan Park on Saturday in an event aimed to Keep Cathays Tidy.

This first official event organised by Keep Cardiff Tidy as part of its Love Where You Live campaign, started off in Cogan Park on Cogan Terrace at 10am on Saturday, October 22.

Cogan Park bench

Some of the litter in Cogan Park before the event

The volunteers met at the park to collect waste and recycling bags, gloves and litter-picking tongs before spreading out to the park’s surrounding area in groups of two or three.

They collected 34 bags of litter which were picked up by the council at noon.

Mike Murray, 68, a resident of Coburn Street for 40 years, has raised concerns about the state of Cathays in recent years.

“When I first moved back [to Cardiff] you’d see people scrubbing their front steps. Hopefully this is the start of something good,” he said.

Volunteers included Labour MP for Cardiff Central Jo Stevens, Cathays councillors Sarah Merry, Chris Weaver and Sam Knight, Cardiff University Students’ Union officer Sophie Timbers, Gareth Davies of Keep Wales Tidy, and Andrew and Rachel Holden of Cardiff Rivers Group. Residents of Cathays also attended, along with several volunteers from Al Manar Centre mosque in Cathays.

Keep Cathays Tidy rubbish bags

A total of 34 bags of rubbish were collected during the Cogan Park event.

Councillor Chris Weaver said: “If it’s a regular thing and people can get involved, it’s better than trying to cover the whole ward in one go.”

Another litter-pick for the Cathays area will be held on Thursday October 27 from 10am to noon starting from outside Blackweir Ambulance Station.

  • More information can be found on the Keep Cathays Tidy Facebook group or on Twitter @keepcathaystidy.
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