Help to keep Abergavenny litter free

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Keep Abergavenny Tidy is to be relaunched in a bid to clean up our historic town and let its natural beauty shine even brighter.

A small group of volunteers has got together to reform Keep Abergavenny Tidy (KAT) and an appeal has gone out for more people to join in and tackle the growing problem of litter, starting with a community litter pick on March 9.

An inaugural meeting of KAT will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at the Abergavenny Constitutional (Con) Club, Park Road, at 7.00pm, and an open invitation has been issued to anyone interested in attending.

The KAT initiative is backed by Keep Wales Tidy, Monmouthshire County Council and Abergavenny Town Council. Some residents have already signed up as litter champions for KWT, and other litter-picks are run by Friends’ groups representing Abergavenny’s green spaces.

But the new group hopes many more volunteers will step forward to look after their own patch, perhaps their street – or a section of it – while others help to clean up their own favourite place.

After registering with KAT, volunteers will be covered by insurance and provided with an anti-litter kit which they will also be able to use in their own time.

The first community litter pick will be held on Saturday, March 9 when an information stall will be set up between 10.00am and 2.00pm at High Cross (Red Square) in the town centre.

The litter pick squad will start off from there at 12 noon.  Anyone arriving later will be given briefing notes and directions. The area selected will probably be Mill Street / Swan Meadow. The session will finish at 2.00pm – before the rugby begins!

Future community litter picks include one on April 13 as part of the KWT Spring Clean Cymru 2019 campaign between March 22 and April 23. Others are planned for July 13 and September 14 before the Food Festival.

Plans are being drawn up to contact other groups and schools to see how they can help.

For more information about KAT email  keepabergavennytidy@gmail.com or check out the Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/AberLitter/

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