Residents from Thornwell, Chepstow, joined forces with Monmouthshire County Council, Charter Housing, Keep Wales Tidy and GD Environmental in joint partnership to restore the fly-tipped Warren Slade woodland area behind Bluebell Drive.
The event saw over 30 volunteers participate in the community clean-up, where the woodland area had fallen a victim of fly-tipped waste over recent years. Local residents tackled the deprived area, owned by Charter Housing to collect litter, abandoned furniture and discarded junk, as part of an initiative to encourage local residents to restore pride back into their local areas.
The organisers, Monmouthshire County Council and Charter Housing, who both owned parts of the woodland organised the exercise in a bid to support and encourage communities to spruce up their neighbourhoods, whilst providing a team of man-power to aid the clean-up. Whilst Keep Wales Tidy provided the necessary equipment required for the litter pick with the assistance of Transition Chepstow and Chepstow Walkers are Welcome.
GD Environmental, one of Wales’ leading waste management companies donated a 14 yard skip to accommodate the waste collected. A total of 4.2 tonnes of was collected, of which 96% of the waste has been recycled at the companies Waste Transfer Station in Newport.
Commenting on the clean-up, Mark Langley, Head Countryside Warden for Monmouthshire County Council, said “We had carried out consultations with the local community to find out what improvements they thought were needed to improve the woods. Everyone who attended said they would like to see the litter removed. It was great to see local families helping on the day to clean up their local environment”
Ruth Davies, Neighbourhood Manager for Charter Housing added “It was a really positive to see the community come together to improve the place they live. We’re looking to carry on this work to make the woods an inviting area for local residents to enjoy”.