Month: May 2015

Sounding the Way

Every day, people walk through areas of Cardiff without noticing those hidden, concealed, unobserved or forgotten aspects of the urban landscape. 

A new project created by Angharad Saunders is changing this. Young people in Grangetown went on audio walks, where they discovered that everyday urban spaces hold within them fascinating secrets.

Greener Grangetown

The City of Cardiff Council, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales are investing £2 million in Greener Grangetown, an innovative scheme to better manage rainwater in the community. 

Using the latest techniques, this scheme will catch, clean and divert rainwater directly into the River Taff instead of pumping it over 6 miles through the Vale of Glamorgan to the sea. It will help to make Grangetown a greener, cleaner place to live.

Jazz on the Taff

We have some incredible jazz musicians in the area. 

Like Jonathan Crespo, whose family is from Chile but who grew up in Canada and Glen Manby who is a regular performer at Chapter Arts Centre.  To showcase these musicians we are organising a series of intimate concerts in venues along the Taff.  If you play jazz and want to get involved, let us know.

Cardiff Rivers Group

Our aim is to visibly improve cleanliness of the rivers and waterways in and around Cardiff. 

There are currently 287 volunteers on our database, during events, other local groups turn up to help who are not registered with us e.g. the Llanrumney first volunteers, Friends of Bute Park. Within the group, we have a diverse range of volunteers where no one is excluded regardless of their ability, sex, age, background or race. As an example of this, our oldest volunteer is in her 70s! We hold monthly clean-up events normally attracting between 15 and 30 volunteers, along with one-off “special” events if we are notified of a particular problem. We have also taken part in special events with Keep Wales Tidy in 2012 such as:-

– Cleaning the streets of Olympic torch route;

– Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks (Bute Park) TV programme (screened on 06/01/2013);

– Cleaning up after the Cardiff Blues Rugby game and Varsity games;

– Supporting the clean-up after the Cardiff Mardi Gras;

– Coast Path Clean up Weekend;

– Keep Wales Tidy events in Newport, Bridgend and Blaenau Gwent.

The number of organisations that provide support or partner the Cardiff Rivers Group is increasing. We currently deal with 28 organisations and companies who have a presence in Cardiff, examples of these include Associated British Ports, Cardiff Council, Cardiff Parks Services, Environment Agency Wales, and Keep Wales Tidy, Llandaff Rowing Club, McDonalds and South Wales Police. Some of these local companies support our efforts through donating their scrap or other items that we are able to sell to provide funds for tools and equipment.

For more information on the Cardiff Rivers Group, see:-

Events photographs