Glorious sunshine greeted the third annual Mold Spring Clean over the weekend of 23rd to 26th March 2012. An incredible 870+ members of the public helped Springy in making Mold magnificent for the forthcoming summer months. The award winning community event, now in its fourth year, continues to attract wide spread support from residents, schools, businesses and local organisations. Councillor Ray Dodd, Mayor of Mold said, “It’s really pleasing to see the large numbers of young people who have turned out to help in our annual event. They have ensured that their new skate-board park which young people can now enjoy, is kept spick and span amongst other areas.”
Mold Spring Clean is helped through a grant from North Wales Government Tidy Towns Fund and won the best small-town community initiative across the UK in the 2011 Action for Market Towns awards. It is probably the largest community involved environmental project of its kind across Wales and probably the UK and is undertaken as a partnership between Mold Town Council, Flintshire County Council, Keep Wales Tidy and the community of Mold.
In 2012 more than 330 bags of rubbish have been collected up to now, alongside small scale repairs and renovations to benches, bollards and sign posts. The River Alyn has been cleared by the Mold Fishing Club, planters refreshed and “grot spots” steam cleaned.
Springy, the Mold Spring Clean mascot was in great demand especially by the town’s younger children who have taken the character to heart and Springy even found time this year to run in the Sport Relief mile at Deeside.
Spring Clean participants this year, were awarded either a Spring Clean wrist band or a bag for life, jointly sponsored by Vaughan Davies menswear, Hicks Randles Chartered accountants and P&A group of Wrexham Road. Dave Hill, Mold Town Manager said, “I’m really pleased by the growing number of businesses that support the town, through their involvement with community initiatives. I’d like to express a big thank-you to the three businesses that have sponsored the bags for life for Mold Spring Clean.” He went on to add, “Many people have commented that the town overall was much cleaner than in previous years – we’ve put this down to two main reasons, firstly that we had cleared away the legacy of many previous years of neglect but most importantly, the community itself is taking greater pride in the town and not dropping as much litter.”
Communities First have got stuck in by working hard to clean up the Bryn Gwalia estate and help the wider town-wide effort. A magnificent effort from Bryn Gwalia Primary School saw the whole school including teachers and a number of parents turn out to help Springy. Army and air cadets, scouts, guides, brownies, cubs, church groups, youth organisations, WI, Rotary, high schools and primary schools all did their bit to help. Businesses cleaned down their frontages and a number of local councillors all joined in to support the wider community effort. Flintshire County Council local street scene team was fully involved over the weekend, collecting and disposing of the rubbish collected. Dave Hill commented, “The team of lads from Flintshire Street Scene are truly first rate. Their “can-do” attitude makes a huge difference to Spring Clean specifically but also our town generally.”
As part of the successful Mold Spring Clean event, Flintshire County Council, Mold Town Council, Groundwork North Wales, Maes Garmon High School and West Coast Energy have joined forces to revitalise an area of overgrown land on Mold Industrial Estate at Maes Gwern, Mold. The project was identified during last year’s Mold Spring Clean as an area for attention and offered opportunity for the future. Improvements to paths and the addition of waste bins, bridges, bird boxes and natural seating has made a significant improvement to this area and has gained the support from local businesses and residents nearby.
Alison Brett, Flintshire County Council Regeneration Project Officer secured the money from the Welsh Government Local Environmental Quality Fund and James Kendall from Groundwork North Wales, has successfully led the project with the help and support of some fantastic volunteers! Hurst Newton Hostel and Flintshire Youth Justice Service have assisted with physical improvements on site, children from Maes Garmon School have built bird boxes, West Coast Energy have assisted with the design of the scheme and carried out a habitat survey and as an added bonus… willow removed from the ponds on site has been taken by Chester Zoo to feed the giraffes!
The footpath was formally opened on Monday, 26th March by Springy, ably assisted by Councillor Ray Dodd, Mayor of Mold and Councillor Geoff Collett, Deputy Mayor along with children from the eco-team from Maes Garmon High and representatives from West Coast Energy. It is anticipated now that the key partners, along with local schools will work together to build a wildlife and nature area throughout the lagoons. Councillor Dodd said, “It is a tremendous legacy of Mold Spring Clean that we are today opening what is hopefully the first phase of the Mold Lagoons project. The future potential is significant for not only our local schools, but the wider community to appreciate what is a wonderful natural experience. “
Photographs by Chris Noble from Mold Camera Club.