Bangor will be a hive of activity on Saturday morning, 3 March, as community leaders and the people of Bangor join in a huge litter picking event to give Bangor a good Spring Clean.
It is part of the national campaign across four days (1-4 March) by Keep Wales Tidy, inspiring the people of Wales to get outdoors, to be active and to be proud of where they live.
“It is no coincidence that we’re organising this large community event prior to our St David’s Day parade, here in Bangor,” explains one of the lead organisers, Plaid Cymru Councillor Catrin Wager, Menai Ward.
“After all make the little things count is one of Dewi Sant’s most famous phrases. Every small task that each and every one of us does within our community creates a bigger impact.”
Councillor Huw Wyn Jones, who is leading a group of litter pickers at Garth Ward said: “As community leaders, one of the most regular complaints we get within Plaid Cymru nationwide is the plight of litter in our wards. This is a problem across many cities and counties, and Gwynedd is no different.
Catrin Wager said: “I am delighted that councillors, both city and county, have come together to make this event happen, with each leading on activities within their communities. It’s also great to see how different groups have come together to help, from Undeb Bangor students to community groups, it feels like the whole of Bangor is uniting to tackle this issue.
“The idea is that we create a hive of activity, bring in as many people as possible to the event and work as one to clean up specific areas that are causing problems. There is also the social element where adults, young people and children work together and lead by example.”
Councillor Huw Wyn Jones added: “We live in an age where there is more emphasis on material things than there should be. Busy lives mean disposable products are being used on a daily basis without any thought process to where all these products end up. As consumers, we need to change our habits and ask manufacturers to relook at packaging products and goods, making them biodegradable or recyclable.”
Councillor Catrin Wager continued: “I think that waste is one of the key issues that we face, not just in our communities but across the planet. Most people I know are upset by recent images of plastic in our oceans and are trying hard to reduce their consumption. Getting litter off the streets in our community is one small step we can take towards achieving a cleaner planet.
“We’d urge anyone interested in attending to join us at the relevant location, most suited to them at 10am with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Bags and litter pickers will be available at the relevant location, thanks to Gwynedd Council.”
Litter picking sessions will begin from many locations across the city at 10am, making the event accessible and worthwhile for each and every community. All groups should be finished by 12.30.
- City Centre: Car Park, Sackville Road
- Upper Bangor: The Crescent Car Park
- Garth: BBC Brynmeirion offices
- Hirael: Beach Road Car Park (Nelson)
- Coed Mawr: Coed Mawr Community Centre
- Glyder: Maes Tryfan Park
- Hendre: Heol Dewi Play area
- Dewi: Capel Berea Newydd
Following the event, the annual St David’s Day Parade will begin its procession through the city starting from Storiel Bangor at 1:30pm