Restore Our Rivers!

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Restore Our Rivers!

Restore Our Rivers!

Keep Wales Tidy By Keep Wales Tidy

A community based partnership project aiming to transform one of South Wales' iconic but neglected rivers with huge problems into a healthy and happy habitat for people and nature to enjoy.

Cardiff Idea stage

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The River Ely is one of the great little rivers of South Wales. Every day, probably without realising it, hundreds of thousands of us pass over or past this neglected little river completely unaware of the mounting problem it faces. Instead of the thriving river it once was, Natural Resources Wales now rates its water quality as 'poor'; fish stocks and general biodiversity have declined; litter and fly tipping is on the increase; river blockages are widespread and numerous invasive species are on the rise. This needs to change, and the river restored to it's former glory as a happy health habitat for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive in. And with your help we can do it! We need donations and volunteer support to carry out a comprehensive survey; to buy equipment to help clean the river; to pull together a small army of volunteers to carry out projects and deliver the improvements that will breathe fresh life back into the river and the local communities around it.

What we'll deliver:

  • Carry out projects with a wide range of communty groups and organisations to make the Ely river great again
  • Encourage communities to re-engage with the Ely river
  • Improve biodiversity, water quality and the local environment for the benefit of both people and widlife
  • Survey the entire river to assess the challenges

Why it's a great idea:

Put simply, it's a great idea because it aims to reconnect people with the river Ely and deliver very real improvements across the whole river system. We aim to remove large amounts of litter and fly tipping; significantly reduce pollution sources on the river; identify / address river blockages and reduce the number of invasive species in the water and along the banks. Achieving these will deliver significant benefits in terms of water quality, biodiversity, health and wellbeing, the economy, awareness raising and respect for our environment within the local community.

Steps to get it done:

  • Project mapping and planning carried out
  • Survey undertaken
  • Report and case studies produced along with lessons learnt document
  • Run community events and clean ups

Raising awareness of the plight of our rivers is vital. Through co-ordinated promotion and educational activities we will raise awareness of the plight of the Ely and other rivers. The hope is that this work will mean that future generations show more respect towards our rivers and are better at looking after them.


Location Cardiff

About the space


City of Cardiff Council

How will the money be spent?Total £21,538

Running events - £6,000 (28%)
Survey - £4,000 (19%)
Mapping and planning events - £2,108 (10%)
Equipment - £2,000 (9%)
Management and administration - £1,976 (9%)
Contingency - £1,804 (8%)
Contractors to remove significant blockages - £1,000 (5%)
PR and promtional support - £960 (4%)
Other - £1,690 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Running events
Mapping and planning events
Management and administration
Contractors to remove significant blockages
PR and promtional support
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £21,538

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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