Twenty volunteers enjoyed a steam train ride courtesy of the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau where they met up with members of the Blaenau Stations Support Group. Together they filled twenty bin bags full of rubbish which the council whisked away for recycling and disposal. Amongst the volunteers was a group of ten students from Glynllifon and also Gwynedd councillor Paul Thomas.
The event was organised by Cymdeithas Eryri the Snowdonia Society and designed to complement the work of the Council focusing on areas off the normal litter picking routes. It also took account of suggested hotspots from the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. It’s amazing how much litter gets stuffed into the privet hedge around The Square or caught up in fencing around Cae Peips.
Ours was a once off litter pick but the Blaenau Stations Support Group does it every Sunday meeting at 10:15 and focusing on the station area. If you would like to lend a hand they would appreciate a few more volunteers; please contact Sally Horn on 01766 830403.
Blaenau is looking brilliant these days and lots of visitors are taking a look at the sculptures, the poetry and the whole town with its dramatic backdrop. Things just got even better with the reopening of the public toilets in the car park. This grade II listed building, that was once the Diffwys Railway Station, has taken on a new lease of life with great artwork linking the slate with Blaenau and its journey by train to the sea.