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 Wye Valley Review can be viewed on their website.

Winning Registration Numbers

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


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:

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July

Coleford Music Festival

Saturday 21 July

Litter picking event (10am to 12noon) at Shut Castle Woods, located opposite Mary Young Rose Studio (postcode: GL15 4JQ)

Come along to help with a #LoveYourForest litter pick. The Trashconverter will be visiting a littered hotspot in the Forest of Dean. There will be treats and prizes from the Trashconverter for all who get stuck in.  

Litter-picks, bags, and gloves will be provided. All are welcome. Please wear appropriate footwear and weather appropriate clothing (some sun cream too if it's still needed!). 

The woods are located opposite Mary Young Rose Studio and houses. You will need to pull in and park in the woods. There is limited parking space so please do let us know if you're planning to come along!

31 July / 2 & 3 August

Litter Critter Creation events (12noon to 1.30pm) at Taurus Crafts, Lydney

Join in with these free creative arts & crafts sessions. We’ll be making litter-critters and creepy crawlies out of a variety of recycled materials. These creations will be displayed throughout the Forest of Dean to encourage them to take their litter home and not be a litter-bug.  Sessions will be appropriate for children from ages 6+ and all the family is welcome to get involved.

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.