Council staff support Big Dee Day clean up in Parkgate

19 September 2016

The annual Big Dee Day event to help clean up the River Dee, surrounding areas and waterways has been a big success, with hundreds of volunteers getting involved.

Large groups of people in several locations were inspired to come together to make a difference in their communities for Big Dee Day.

In Parkgate over 25 staff from the Council’s Economic Growth Team turned out to support local community groups and local ward councillors.  The partnership painted picnic benches, cut-back shrubs and trees, replaced rotten tree stumps to prevent parking on greenspaces and litter picked along the River Dee at Wirral Country Park.

The Council’s volunteering initiative - Love Your Streets - enables staff to access up to two days volunteering leave to support the Council’s vision to create thriving communities.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “The beautiful River Dee and nearby canal waterways are some of our area’s most scenic attractions.  It’s fantastic this Big Dee Day clean up event takes place each year to keep them looking their best.

“I’m delighted that the Council was able to support this local initiative that is so important to the local communities along the River Dee. Everyone involved did a fantastic job.” To mark the Big Dee Day’s 10th anniversary the REALLY Big Dee Day celebration was held at Edgar’s Field Park in Handbridge, Chester.
The event featured activities and stalls connected with the river and its communities, past and present.

Cheshire West and Chester Council staff were joined by the Flintshire Countryside Service, the Friends of Edgar’s Field, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Royal Society for the Protection Birds (RSBP), Connah’s Quay sea cadets and eco-travel charity SUSTRANS for a day of family fun.

Staff from the Council’s Economic Growth team, area Ranger, Paul Taylor and Hilary Smith, Rural Localities Officer

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