Bridgend Ravens tackle litter to Keep Wales Tidy

People in Bridgend and across Wales, including Bridgend Ravens players, have been helping protect the environment this Spring, joining in Keep Wales Tidy’s Spring Clean Cymru 2022 campaign.

Teaming with Keep Wales Tidy, the campaign rallied volunteers old and young on 2 April, celebrating the launch of Spring Clean Cymru campaign and tackling litter throughout Bridgend County Borough Council.

Bridgend Ravens squad members including Club Captain Nathan Edwards, Joseph Gatt, Cai Lewis, Aled Evans and mascot Ronnie the Raven lent a few helping hands and wings, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Martin Jones, Garw Valley Community Councillor Michelle Trowbridge and Brian Jones of Keep Wales Tidy on Saturday morning at Betws Life Centre.

Craig Thomas, Commercial Manager for Bridgend Ravens, said: “As a club that prides itself on having strong community values and connections, we were delighted to offer our help and support to Keep Wales Tidy at this event. The majority of our playing squad, management team and committee at Bridgend Ravens are local people, who are very proud of Bridgend and want it to continue to be a great place to live, work and play sport.

This is also another small step on our journey to become a ‘greener’ club, after recent projects that have included the addition of an electric hybrid team van and the introduction of recyclable, stackable drinks cups at the clubhouse, instead of single use plastic.”

Almost 300 clean-up events have been registered for the campaign and are taking place across Wales 25 March – 10 April. Keep Wales Tidy called on individuals, households and schools to clean-up the streets, parks or beaches on their doorstep.

Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Lesley Jones said: “We encourage everyone across Wales to get involved with our Spring Clean Cymru campaign this year and pledge to pick up a bag or more of litter. We know that Taking part outdoors is good for our health and our environment. Together we can make a big difference”. 

Spring Clean Cymru, is a part of Caru Cymru (a Welsh phrase meaning ‘Love Wales’) is an inclusive movement led by Keep Wales Tidy and local authority partners to eradicate litter and waste.

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Spring Clean Cymru is also part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean. Volunteers are being asked to pledge how many bags they will collect and how many minutes they will spend cleaning up their local area.

It’s not too late to pledge or get involved with an organised event through the Keep Wales Tidy website:


Pictured left to right: Brian Jones (Keep Wales Tidy), Jospeh Gatt, Cai Lewis, Nathan Edwards, Aled Evans, Michelle Trowbridge (Garw Valley Community Councillor), Ronnie the Raven and Deputy Mayor Councillor Martin Jones.