LoveYourForest anti-litter campaign 2018

#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.

What's happening in 2018

Forest of Dean District Council Car Window Sticker Competition

As a supporting partner and with a focus on roadside litter, the Forest of Dean District Council is running for the second year a car window sticker competition during June, July and August.  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.  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).

Each week (from 25 June - 31 August 2018 inclusive) a car number plate (or multiple plates if number of prizes allow) will be drawn at random from all those spotted.  Winning number plates will be published in The Forest Review, on Twitter (#LoveYourForest) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoveYourForest) and on this web page.

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

Winning Registration Numbers

Go Ape! tickets

Week  Registration           Prize
Week 1 Winner   EU13 RKX Climbing & Archery Voucher for Forest of Dean Adventure
Week 1 Winner WR60 EDP Forestry Commission - Discovery Pass
Week 2 Winner VK11 VMC Tudor Farmhouse Champagne Tea for Two
Week 2 Winner A14 URF Freedom Leisure Centre passes
Week 3 Winner VE59 ECD Dean Forest Railway tickets
Week 3 Winner E7 CAF Hillside Brewery Tour
Week 4 Winner CN02 UXA The Woodman Inn meal voucher
Week 4 Winner DG57 VWB Forestry Commission - Discovery Pass
Week 5 Winner BV52 WBE £20 voucher for Taurus Crafts
Week 5 Winner BL55 KDV Family ticket to Puzzlewood
Week 6 Winner VN64 AHX £20 Forest Deli voucher
Week 6 Winner WK12 WHT Picnic Kit
Week 7 Winner HK05 TYY £30 Sunday Lunch Voucher for The Red Hart Inn
Week 7 Winner KV02 MMK Freedom Leisure Centre passes
Week 8 Winner BN12 LZR Go Ape! tickets
Week 8 Winner WV54 GPO Perrygrove Railway tickets
Week 9 Winner HK58 GUH 'Tribute Night' tickets for Whitemead Forest Park
Week 9 Winner LB61 HGC Forestry Commission - Discovery Pass
Week 10 Winner YD14 VFF Mini break at Forest Holidays
Week 10 Winner OU59 ZPK Gift Card
Week 10 Winner VK66 MZD Freedom Leisure Centre passes


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 2018

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.   

A list of forthcoming dates and locations is given below:

8 September

Newent Onion Fayre

9 September

Speech House Vintage Show

7 October

Forest Food Showcase - Speech House

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.