Call goes out for greenfingered volunteers


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

VOLUNTEER grass-cutters are in need of help to keep their town tidy.
A group of community gardeners in Chirk are on the lookout for more greenfingered enthusiasts to help maintain grass verges on Maes y Waun and Lodgevale Park – both of which are on the main road into Chirk.
Since Wrexham Council reduced its grass cutting services at the start of the financial year, the volunteer group is now in more need of support than ever.
Danny Dineen, 66, one of the volunteers who helps to maintain the verges, said the public had responded well to volunteer efforts
He said: “The first time we cleared the verges, there was no dog fouling on them – nor any litter for that matter. The public have been very good.”
He added: “The council has just cut the grass at the library and it was a good metre-and-a-half high. If they only cut it twice a year, it would be no good.”
Mr Dineen’s wife, Joan, 65, added due to the town being near the Chirk Aqueduct – now a UNESCO Heritage Site – civic pride was all the more important.
She said: “It’s just about personal pride in the area.
“It started out as smaller jobs like planting and bedding. But I think since the council made its cuts to grass cutting, the volunteers now have to do the bigger jobs. If they didn’t do it, it would be a terrible mess.
“If you stop maintaining it, other things start to fall apart. There would be a lot more dog fouling and littering if volunteers didn't keep it tidy,” she added.
Tom Creswell, 91, a resident of Lodgevale Park, said: “I usually see the volunteers going past. It’s very, very good – especially for me, I get the benefit of it. And it’s good for dog walkers as well.”
Neighbour Rebecca Cooil, 30, said: “I’ve lived here for a long time, and I think it’s something the volunteers had always done.
“It’s a tough job to do it. I wouldn't like to tackle it.”
Anyone interested in helping the volunteers should call Mr Dineen on 01691 776529.

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