A community litter pick was held on Saturday ahead of the return of the Talgarth Walking Festival this weekend.

Powys County Council Chairman, Cllr Gareth Ratcliffe left his chain of office at home to don a high vis jacket and join the litter pick in Talgarth, ahead of the return of the ninth incarnation of the festival.

The festival returns this coming weekend, from Friday, April 28 through until Monday, May 1.

Working alongside volunteers from Grow for Talgarth and the Talgarth Walking Festival, Cllr Ratcliffe joined local Talgarth Councillor William Powell and Festival Officer David Beven along the Hay Road as far as the parish boundary at Lower Porthamel Farm.

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The Talgarth Woodlands Restoration Walkers, being briefed by local walks leader and environmentalist Jed Needs (Talgarth and District Regeneration Group)

Commenting on the morning’s work, Cllr Ratcliffe said: “It was a really productive morning, supporting my colleague Cllr William Powell and the Talgarth Walking Festival.

“It’s brilliant to be part of such a strong team locally, in the Hay and Talgarth area and I wish the Talgarth Walking Festival every success.”

Talgarth Walking Festival Chair, Dr Havard Prosser, added: “We are delighted to be returning this time with a full walks programme, in this our ninth anniversary year.

“Many of our walks have already sold out, but there is some availability still, as well as a few spaces for our Festival Opening event, on Friday, April 28 at Talgarth Town Hall.

“This year, we are welcoming well-known rural commentator and author, Bella Bathurst, in conversation with local author and activist Jodie Bond.

“We invite you all to join us in discovering Talgarth, the Ancient Capital of Brycheiniog and its glorious hinterland. We have much to offer in our own corner of Bannau Brycheiniog and we very much look forward to welcoming you in 2023.”

Latest information on availability is at: www.talgarthwalkingfestival.org