Dolgellau youngsters organise a litter pick community clean up at the Marian

17/11/2016

Around 20 Dolgellau Girlguiding youngsters and their leaders organised a litter pick at the weekend joined by community leaders and adults in clearing up their own community.

Working with Gwynedd Councillors, Linda Morgan and Dyfrig Siencyn, girls from Dolgellau Girlguiding groups worked as one to sweep Dolgellau Park, grass verges and the Marian free of litter.

“Teaching youngsters from a young age, how important it is to work voluntarily to support community activities, is very important,” explains Dolgellau Councillor Linda Morgan, herself the Girlguiding Ambassador for Meirionnydd.

“There is a great feeling of team spirit involved with Brownies, Rainbows and Girl Guides, and here in Dolgellau, the community is a caring and supportive one, keen to ensure that the environment we live in is kept clean and tidy.”

Supported by Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Neale a number of parents also supported the event with Dolgellau Mayor and Deputy Mayor Cllr Dyfrig Siencyn and Cllr Delwyn Evans respectively, and Chairperson of the Marian Trustees, Cllr Heilyn Williams.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said: “Ensuring young people are given opportunities to see the impact litter has on our daily lives is important. I thoroughly commend these young people for their energy, enthusiasm and conscience in coming together during their own free time and working with us to clean up our town. It is testimony to the girl guiding leaders and ambassadors like Cllr Linda Morgan that they are inspired to look after their home town.”

Linda said the children, all members of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in Dolgellau, were working towards a community badge, which they hope to collect in the near future. Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns officer kindly supplied the group with high viz jackets, pickers and gloves in order that the tasks were carried out safely and hygienically.

Councillor Linda Morgan said: “It was a good event, it brought everyone together, we felt a real sense of community, cleared lots of rubbish and we enjoyed a well-deserved cup of tea, squash and biscuits at the Marian Pavilion at the end of our session. A huge show of gratitude goes to everyone for making the event such a success.

“I would especially like to thank June Jones, Brownie and Rainbow leader for organising the event. I know the parents would also like me to thank all the leaders who give their time as volunteers at Dolgellau’s Girlguiding.”