The Wrexham Litter Pickers group was set up in January of 2021 by Kelly Evans, 38, who started picking up litter on her road after moving to Wrexham five years previously.

Since its inception, Kelly has mobilised a group of volunteer litter pickers who work hard to keep the streets, green spaces and rivers in Wrexham free from pollution.

They hold weekly group picks, regularly spending their weekends and spare time collecting bags of rubbish and pulling items out of rivers including dumped supermarket trolleys. They do their best to keep parts of the Clywedog, Alyn and Gwenfro, even remote beaches on Anglesey litter-free and regularly monitor for pollution.

In December 2022 the group announced they had collected over 14,052 bags of litter since launching. The group doesn’t stop at litter picking, it also spends time planning and caring for the areas to encourage wildlife to come back to their habitats that have often been polluted by the rubbish and other discarded items.

The group has recently spent time hosting daffodil and primrose planting events along the rivers. To date it has planted 30 trees and put up 13 bird boxes up which were purchased with grant money from the Delamere Foundation.

It also planted wildflower seeds in the Spring is planning on installing some bat boxes. With the grant, the group also bought a wildlife camera to capture the increase in activity along the riverbank that has been cleaned up. It regularly records new animals and insects reclaiming the area as their home, which is testament to all their effort and hard work. The group are currently hoping to catch a glimpse of an otter!