LoveYourForest anti-litter campaign

#LoveYourForest is an innovative anti-litter campaign which was first launched in the Forest of Dean in 2016 by environmental charity Hubbub and Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS).  Supported by the Forest of Dean District Council and the Forestry Commission the campaign aimed to highlight the issue of rural litter and look at new ways of encouraging those that drop litter to stop.

A pop-up convenience store (displaying items of collected litter), primary school visits, cigarette butt voting bins, roadside signage and 'communitrees' (faces made from litter and then displayed on trees throughout the district at litter hotspots) were just some of the activities undertaken in 2016.

In 2017, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism and Foresters' Forest also came on board to help tackle this important issue.  During this year, Hubbub and LRS launched the Trashconverter Van which toured the district, exchanging collected litter for rewards.

Forest of Dean District Council Car Window Sticker Competition 2019

As a supporting partner and with a focus on roadside litter, the Forest of Dean District Council has, for the past two years, run the #LoveYourForest car window sticker competition.  The competition usually takes place during the summer months and is supported by many of our local businesses and tourist attractions.  We are currently in the planning stages for the #LoveYourForest campaign for the coming year but hope to hold the competition again in 2019.

To take part residents just need to pick up their free car window sticker from one of the participating outlets and display it in their vehicle.  Cars spotted with a sticker have their registration number entered into the weekly prize draw. Winning number plates are drawn at random and published in The Forest Review, on Twitter (#LoveYourForest) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoveYourForest) as well as on this web page. 

If you cannot find an outlet near you we would be happy to post you a sticker (simply call our customer services team on 01594 810000 or email council@fdean.gov.uk to request this).

Digital editions of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review can be viewed on their website.

The sticker design is not changing so residents who are still displaying their sticker from last year will not need a new one.

Trashconverter Schedule 2019

Are you interested in visiting the Trashcoverter trailer?  The Trashconverter will be out and about at events across the district swapping treats for collected litter.   

Why not invite the Trashconverter to attend your event? 

For enquiries regarding availability please contact Jack Hodgkiss at Hubbub via email: jack@hubbub.org.uk

Over 250 tonnes of litter are collected each year in the Forest of Dean.  Whether it is the financial cost to the tax payer to clear it up, the harm to wildlife or how it detracts from our local environment and impacts on the local economy, litter affects us all.  By supporting the Love Your Forest campaign you can help us take a stand against litter and keep the Forest of Dean a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

Are you interested in litter picking? 

Before undertaking a litter pick it is suggested that you complete a risk assessment of the area you are looking to clean up first and take some simple precautions to keep you safe. 

The two documents below will help you:

Risk assessment template

Risk assessment advice

If you are unable to take your bags of litter picked materials home and dispose of them in your black refuse bin, please let us know so that we can organise for the bags to be collected.  Please call 01594 810000.  Bags of litter from Forestry Commission sites, should be reported to them via email: westengland@forestryengland.uk. 

You should never pick litter from the roadside verges outside the 30mph zones.  Picking litter near traffic can be extremely dangerous so only collect litter from areas away from the road or within the 30mph areas in the villages if you are picking close to the verge.

Remember the Forest of Dean District Council can lend groups or individuals litter picking equipment such as litter pickers, hoops and sacks so please get in touch if this is of interest.