#LoveYourForest competition winners see designs come to life
Four youngsters in the Forest of Dean have seen their artwork recreated on two of Biffa’s street cleansing vehicles as their prize for winning a competition launched in the summer by the #LoveYourForest anti-litter campaign.
Hundreds of primary-aged school children took part in the competition to design a poster to highlight the problem of rural litter.
The competition was held in support of the wider #LoveYourForest campaign which also saw ‘tree faces’ made entirely from rubbish appear at Wenchford picnic site and a district-wide tour of the Trashconverter van, where litter could be exchanged for treats, earlier in the year.
Designs by Mayah Chappell, Kate Brown and Amber Edey - along with a poster designed by Bizzy Davis who was voted overall winner and also won a £50 voucher for Bream Primary School - are now displayed on the sides of Biffa’s street cleansing vehicles.
Last week the winners were given the opportunity to view their artwork first hand as the vehicles paid a visit to their respective schools.
Glenn Redwood, community lead for #LoveYourForest said: ‘We received hundreds of entries and narrowing these down to just four winners proved a difficult task as all the posters were of such a high standard. We would like to thank all the children who took part. The designs we have chosen reflect a wide variety of themes and will act as a permanent reminder to all that see them to act responsibly when it comes to litter disposal.’
Elizabeth Chirgwin, Headteacher at Bream Primary School said: ‘This is the second year the school has been involved with the #LoveYourForest campaign. Encouraging the pupils to think about the environment in which they live, why it needs to be protected and what steps can be taken to look after it are all areas we have been exploring. We hope by educating pupils not to drop litter early on, they will take this learning with them throughout their childhood and into their adult lives.’
‘The pupils were really excited to see Bizzy and Mayah’s designs on the vehicles and share in their success and having this opportunity will no doubt inspire them further,’ she added.
The street cleansing vehicles are used daily by the crews as they undertake their duties which include the cleansing of the four Forest town centres, litter picking roadside verges, emptying litter bins and collecting fly-tips on behalf of the Forest of Dean District Council.
Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the District Council said: ‘We would like to congratulate all four winners. Their designs will now be on view across the district and they should be very proud of what they have achieved. Preventing litter is not only important for our local environment and wildlife but also the area’s wider social and economic well-being. The posters will help reinforce the litter prevention message. Ultimately when it comes to rubbish the answer is really very simple - either find a litter bin or take it home.’
The #LoveYourForest anti-litter campaign is supported by environmental charity Hubbub, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Forestry Commission, Forest and Wye Valley Tourism, Foresters’ Forest and the Forest of Dean District Council.
Find out more about the #LoveYourForest anti-litter campaign at www.hubbub.org.uk
The Joint Waste Partnership provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council.