Love Your Forest is a campaign that explores different ways to reduce littering in the Forest. The campaign was launched in 2016 by environmental charity Hubbub and Lucozade Ribena Suntory and supported by the Forest of Dean District Council and the Forestry Commission. In 2017, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism and Foresters’ Forest also joined the campaign.
As part of the campaign we aim to involve and help people from across the community to clean up the areas in which they live and take pride and ownership of the area.
Special focus will be on keeping the many local heritage features tidy of litter, which will also be a way for older people to educate the younger generation about these during litter picks.
Other Love Your Forest activities have ranged from schools workshops, creative interventions such as the worlds first ever ‘Litter shop’ and ‘Trashconverter’ Van, to the ‘Communitrees’ – where giant faces made from waste materials were installed on trees.
We want to grow a community that is better able to look after its own problems, to work with relevant authorities positively and pro-actively to bring about positive environmental change, and to create the understanding that dropping litter is not acceptable.
We need volunteers to help with litter picking.
You might be surprised what you find!
From creating habitats for our wildlife or improving our waterways, to recording oral histories or finding old photos, there’s always something going on to get involved in!