"I hate people moaning about things and then not doing anything about it. We all do it, but I now know you can make a difference. This is our success story, and a tribute to a few ordinary people who are working together to turn a neglected area of a Welsh seaside town back into the beauty spot it once was.
I live in The Dingle, Colwyn Bay. 100 years ago, it was known as Dingle Dell, a wooded haven with stone walls, the dingle stream, and footpaths linking the hotels of the town with the prom.
Four years ago, it was a mess and I was angry. Years of neglect and valdalism had left us with piles of rubbish, graffiti, fallen trees, dog dirt and flooding. It was more a haven for teenage drinkers and druggies. Something had to be done, so I got together with a few neighbours, and a couple of dog walkers who all wanted to make a difference.
We couldn't get any official help, so we set up our own conservation group - Friends of the Dingle, or to look better when applying for funding, The Colwyn Bay Conservation & Environment Federation, which is a mouthful, but works.
We got funding and started to make a change. There I was, pregnant, and picking up drink cans and aerosols with my two little girls at our first litter pick, and we haven't stopped since. It's been worth it. A few weeks ago, my son James and his whole nursery class came to the dingle on a nature walk. I was so chuffed when I saw them coming down the new path.
You can make a difference - turn your anger into action."