‘It was heartbreaking to see so much rubbish’: Police officer joins community litter pick at Haulfre Gardens

AN INITIATIVE with community groups in Llandudno saw a large amount of rubbish cleared from Haulfre Gardens.

Following complaints regarding rubbish being discarded at some beauty spots in the town, PCSO Mike Smith joined the Friends of Happy Valley and Haulfre Gardens groups to help with a litter-pick.

He said: “Haulfre Gardens is very popular, especially with local walkers during the current lockdown restrictions.

“It was heart breaking to see so much rubbish being discarded at such a beautiful location so I was pleased to be able to get involved with the local community groups to help tidy the area to make it a much more pleasant experience for walkers.

“I personally collected two full bags of refuse – which consisted of empty alcohol bottles and cans and plastic water bottles which had just been discarded.

“I would urge anybody who is planning to visit the gardens, or any other local beauty spot, to make sure that they dispose of any rubbish responsibly or take it home with them.

“The selfish actions of a few irresponsible people take the shine off what should be a pleasant walk through lovely gardens.”

Regular patrols of the area will continue.

PCSO Smith, who has worked with the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Llandudno for the last 14 years, added: “Community engagement is a key part of policing, and despite the ongoing pandemic, we continue to be keen to further strengthen the relationships we have with local residents, groups and partner organisations.

“The recent clean-up was a great chance to do exactly that, whilst at the same time doing our bit to keep the local area tidy, and provide a visible uniformed presence.”

PCSO Smith covers the Gogarth Ward (West Shore) – which incorporates the Great Orme.

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno