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

With a focus on roadside litter, the Forest of Dean District Council is running the #LoveYourForest car window sticker competition for a third year as part of this year's campaign.  The competition will run from 24 June to 16 August 2019 and is supported by many of our local businesses and tourist attractions which have kindly donated prizes. 

Below is a list of winners to date:

Week Prize Registration No.
Week 1 Brewery tour for two for Hillside Brewery, Longhope CV63 NFG
Week 1 Two guest tickets for The Studio Cinema, Coleford CE12 PFJ
Week 2 Two passes for Dean Forest Railway, Norchard VK64 EOX
Week 2 Forestry England Discovery Pass BN05 NZY
Week 3 Al Fresco Cinema tickets KM07 NHJ
Week 3 Litter-free picnic kit HV60 LNP
Week 4 Afternoon tea at Dean Valley Manor, St Briavels VU17 ZCA
Week 4 Forestry England Discovery Pass WF09 ATX
Week 5 Taurus Crafts Voucher VN09 XXJ
Week 5 Hamper from Bare Necessities AY02 FRK
Week 6 GoApe! voucher for two VK61 KFP
Week 6 One 4 All gift card WU67 USN
Week 7 Half-day leisure bike hire VN67 THK
Week 7 Litter-free goodies VU54 ZSV
Week 8 Forest Deli voucher HV07 EKN
Week 8 Litter-free goodies YK55 VHW

To claim a prize please contact the council on 01594 810000 or email LYF@fdean.gov.uk

To take part in the competition, 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 will 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.