A mass litter clean-up organized in the Flinshire area has been hailed a success, aboutmyarea.co.uk reports.

The annual Big Dee Day clean-up was organised by the councils of Flitshire, Chesire West & Chesire and Denbigshire; in partnership with the Environment Agency.

The two-day event across North East Wales and Cheshire saw volunteers and businesses joining forces along with the organisers to clean away rubbish that had washed up on the banks of the River Dee coastline.

Proceedings began with a breakfast launch at Chester Racecourse. Rower Tom James, an Olympic gold medalist, was the guest of honour at the morning event. James, who began his rowing career at The King’s School in Chester on the River Dee, helped current pupils pick up litter from the river.

Hundreds of bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers and organisers, then placed into rubbish or recycling bins. Senior coastal ranger, Mike Taylor, spoke of the event’s triumph – telling dlintshirechronicle.co.uk: “This year’s Big Dee Day has been a resounding success, and I’d like to thank all our partners for their hard work in making it happen.”

Coastal workers have long been trying to restore the area. Community groups have planted trees, bulbs and 40,000 daffodils along the county’s coastline, as well as rejuvenating wetland habitat there.  

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