Guide launch to tackle ‘onslaught’ of woodland littering

Environmental charity Hubbub has released a guide to help communities tackle the ‘onslaught’ of litter in local forests and woodlands.

The guide includes a range of interactive ideas, tips and inspiration for any local authority, school, community group, forest association to make a positive impact on rural rubbish.

Some of the ideas to inspire action include turning an old van into a ‘trashconverter’ to tour local areas and collect rubbish and creating ‘litter creatures’ to highlight how rubbish impacts on wildlife.

The guide follows a campaign the charity helped with throughout 2016 to tackle littering at the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

Every year 250 tonnes of rubbish was being removed from the area, costing local tax-payers more than £430,000. Hubbub worked with community groups in the area to raise awareness and motivate people to take their litter home after enjoying time in the forest.

Since then, over 800 bags of litter have been collected from the forest through various interventions.

Trewin Restorick, CEO of Hubbub, said: ‘Our partners in the Forest of Dean have allowed us to get really creative with interventions that have proven hugely successful in engaging people with Love Your Forest. Now we know what works, we’d love to spread the message and further reduce rural littering.

‘Our guide is packed with tips and tools, whether you’re just looking for a couple of simple ideas or want to plan your own full-scale Love Your Forest campaign.’

The downloadable guide is available at www.hubbub.org.uk/love-your-forest.

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