Big Dee Day volunteers make a difference

25 September 2019

Volunteers came out in force to support this year’s Big Dee Day in Cheshire West.

The annual clean-up, organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Flintshire Council and Natural Resources Wales, returned bigger and better than ever, for an impressive thirteenth year.

The Friends of Caldy Valley Park hosted a very successful community event in the sunshine at the start of Big Dee Clean-Up Week.

Staff from Tesco stores in Ruthin, Boughton and Chester city centre litter picked in the sunshine in Grosvenor Park, The Groves and the Roodee car park, collecting 30 bags of rubbish.

Council Greenspace Officers supervised the day and were really pleased with the turnout and commitment of the staff.

The Council’s Your Streets Team worked in Partnership with Flintshire Council Rangers Service to cut back overgrown vegetation on the entrance of the walkway from River Lane in Saltney, opening up the site making it more inviting and hopefully reducing opportunities for anti-social behaviour due to increased visibility.

The following day Flintshire Rangers and Your Streets Officers returned with local residents and students from Coleg Cambria to litterpick the area.  Over half a tonne of litter was removed, transforming the walk into a clean and accessible path, connecting Saltney to Chester along the River Dee.

A team of five from McDonalds in Sealand Road carried out a litter pick in the Finchetts Gutter flood plain in Chester and found kettles and window blinds amongst the litter.

Another team from M&S Banking had a very successful couple of days litter picking near to the Cop in Chester.  Their team of 15 people managed to collect 17 bags of rubbish in total.  Strange finds included a tent and two sleeping bags along with a mop and a traffic cone.
This year’s Big Dee Clean-up was hosted by Flintshire Council and a launch and awards ceremony took place last week.  The awards recognised businesses and organisations that have supported Big Dee Day for a number of years.

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “Big Dee Day goes from strength to strength and it’s great that we’ve been able to work alongside colleagues from Flintshire on projects this year.  Everyone has achieved fantastic results.

“I would like to thank everyone involved, for giving up their time and making a difference.“

Teams of volunteers making a difference for Big Dee Day

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