Coronation Clean Up

May 8, 2023

Coronation Clean Up

People throughout Gwent went out into their local areas to pick litter to mark The King’s Coronation on Monday 8 May.

What do you give the man who has everything, as a present on his special day? Well, if that man is King Charles, who is passionate about the environment and has a special place in his heart for Wales, and whose special day is the day he gets crowned – then what better gift could people give him than a mass clear-up of litter around Gwent.

So, in the build-up to the Coronation, Keep Wales Tidy was reminding people in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen of the locations of their litter hubs, where anyone can collect litter-picking equipment for free.

On the Monday Bank Holiday, public-spirited people who care about their environment spent as much time as they were able collecting litter.

Working with Keep Wales Tidy, The Celtic Manor Resort as well as civil and political leaders we joined a total of 61 litter-picking events across Gwent where approximately 300 bags were filled and disposed of in an environmental way.

The Lord-Lieutenant, Brigadier Robert Aitken, said: “This has been a genuinely grass-roots idea. Most people in Gwent are horrified at the amount of litter around our beautiful county – and even though dozens of volunteers already regularly clean up around their local areas, they can’t keep pace with the few thoughtless people who don’t seem to know how to use a litter bin. As The King’s representative, I hope that people in Gwent will do this to mark his special day; but, whatever their motivation, I hope loads of people will join me on the Bank Holiday Monday and do their bit to make Gwent just a bit tidier.”

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