Volunteers preparing a new Parkrun course have ensured that their route makes the most of Monmouthshire’s natural beauty and will be clean and tidy following a litter-picking session.  The course is between Caldicot and Rogiet and runners will soon enjoy a weekly timed five kilometre route free from rubbish.

 Coordinated by Keep Wales Tidy and assisted by Monmouthshire County Council’s waste and leisure teams, keen litter pickers collected a tonne of rubbish in just two hours along roads and watercourses.  Materials collected included building rubble, bottles, cans, car parts and several bags of household rubbish dragged out of reens. 

 Monmouthshire’s Chief Executive, Paul Matthews said: “I am delighted that the county is getting involved in the ‘park run’ movement. It’s a fun way to get fit and to make new friendships. I’m on record as saying how much I loathe fly-tippers. It’s a disgrace that others have to put themselves out because of them but it’s testament to these volunteers that they have made the place look so good by coming together to clear litter and improve the environment for wildlife.”

 Following the clean-up the area will be monitored by enforcement officers from Monmouthshire County Council and Natural Resources Wales who work closely with neighbouring authorities on surveillance across the Gwent Levels to reduce the blight of litter and fly-tipping.  For further information contact the council’s Education and Awareness Officer Sue Parkinson – SusanParkinson@monmouthshire.gov.uk

 The Caldicot Parkrun is free of charge and will be launched shortly. For further information about participating contact Community Sport Development Officer, Laura James – laurajames@monmouthshire.gov.uk – 07816 175761.