GREENFINGERED volunteers from Wrexham, Keep Tidy Wales, the Environment Agency Wales and Wrexham Council joined forces last week to clean up a 400-metre stretch of the River Gwenfro.
The river, which is situated in Queensway, Wrexham, has suffered considerably over the past few years, with dumped rubbish causing a blight on the natural habitat and increasing the risk of flood by blocking the river's natural flow and trapping further vegetation and tree branches.
Volunteers removed more than a tonne of items, including radiators, trolleys, carpets, bicycles and sofas.
Jenny Watters, an officer with the Environment Agency Wales, said: 'It is a sad fact that urban stretches of river often become choked due to the actions of a small sector of today's throw-away society, who take that meaning literally.
'This clean-up demonstrates through example what the local community, council and environmental bodies can achieve by working together.'
* The Agency has set up a specialist enforcement team to combat fly-tipping and other unauthorised waste activities. Anyone with information regarding pollution or illegal waste-tipping can call the Agency's 24-hour hotline on 0800 807060.