Countdown to Big Dee Day 2017
Hundreds of volunteers will be taking to the banks of the River Dee and
surrounding areas over the next week for The Big Dee Day annual clean up.
The event, coordinated by Flintshire County Council with staff from the
neighbouring councils of Cheshire West and Chester, Denbighshire, Wrexham and
Shropshire and Natural Resources Wales, is back for its 11th year and promises
to be bigger and better than ever.
Volunteers from community groups, conservation groups and businesses from
across North Wales and Cheshire will be rolling up their sleeves to clear the
river and marine litter as well as spruce up the areas along its banks and
There are around 40 organisations involved in the clean-up including Keep Wales
Tidy, Coleg Cambria, Ysgol Gwynedd, Connah’s Quay High School, Friends of
Bagillt foreshore, Sustrans, ENI, Kingspan, Holywell Scout Group, Friends of
Wepre Park, McDonald’s, Tesco, Toyota and Airbus.
Here are just a few of the activities taking place:
· Ysgol Gwynedd, ENI and Flintshire Countryside Service will be litter picking
at Talacre Beach on 15 September;
· Holywell Scouts are litterpicking and tidying at Greenfield Valley and
Greenfield Dock on 16 September;
· Staff from Tesco and Flintshire Countryside Service will be clearing and
planting gorse at Greenfield Dock on 19 September;
· Toyota will be doing their bit on Flintshire foreshore on 20 September;
· Greenfield Valley Heritage Trust volunteers will be litter picking around
Llanarch y Mor (funship) on 21 September.
Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Countryside, said:
It is really great to see so many wanting to take part and help protect our
local countryside. The volunteers play a huge part in helping to ensure our
coastline is kept clean for both visitors and wildlife. Id like to thank
everyone who will be supporting The Big Dee Day 2017. Your efforts really are
The Big Dee Day will begin with a launch, sponsored by McDonald’s, at Wepre
Park between 9:30 and 12:30pm on Friday 15 September.