Each year over 250 tonnes of rubbish are removed from the Forest of Dean costing local tax-payers more than £430,000 a year. For every kilometre of road cleaned, three full black sacks of rubbish are collected.

'Love Your Forest' is back for a third year to trial innovative approaches to tackling litter in the Forest of Dean. There’s lots going on in 2018, here's how you can get involved:

Swap your trash for treats with 'The Trashconverter'

The Trashconverter returns with a new look this year to swap litter for treats and remind people to dispose of litter so it doesn’t end up on the forest floor. The Trashconverter will be launching at the 'Forest Activities Festival' - join us at Speech House on 29th April to see it in action.

The Trashconverter will be touring the Forest of Dean visiting community events, schools, littered laybys, picnic locations, tourist hotspots and the town centres of Coleford, Newent, Lydney, and Cinderford. We’ll be touring throughout the year ready for you to trade your trash for treats!

Would you like The Trashconverter to visit a location near you? Or would you like to volunteer at a Trashconverter event? Get in touch and let us know.

Have a litter-free picnic and you could win a hamper!

With the help of locals to the Forest of Dean, we have created the ultimate litter and plastic waste-free picnic guide. From simple re-usable food wrappers to the best picnic hotspots in the forest, download the guide for everything you need to know to keep packaging to a minimum and litter at home.

During national picnic week between 15th - 24th June, we’ll be shouting about our favourite picnic spots in the Forest of Dean, and the different products that make it possible for you to leave litter at home. If you have some personal favourites, share them on social media using #LoveYourForest.

Share a photo of you on your litter-free picnic on social media using the #LoveYourForest and you could win a litter-free picnic hamper!

Help design the new family of 'Communitrees'

The Love Your Forest campaign is visiting local primary and secondary schools to get a helping hand in designing a new family of 'Communitrees' for the forest, and anti-littering posters. The 'Communitrees' are faces made out of litter found and collected on the forest floor. When placed on trees in the forest, the watchful eyes remind people to take their litter home with them. You can read more about the Communitrees here.

If you're a school or a youth community grouping would like to get involved, we can send you some activity sheets to contribute and we may be able to visit you. Get in touch for more information.

Are you a mountain biker?

Mountain biking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Forest of Dean, with people travelling from across the UK to visit the trails weaving through the forest. They form a huge part of the Forest of Dean community and the overwhelming majority of bikers hate litter and want to see action to prevent it.

We’re looking for mountain biker groups to help us create a new campaign idea for Love Your Forest. If you’re a mountain biker or a group in the Forest of Dean and want to help us develop our ideas, we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Jack, here.

Join in a forest litter pick

Throughout the year, 'Forester’s Forest' and other groups will be organising lots of litter-picks to help keep the forest clear of litter. Want to help clear the forest? Join the Love Your Forest Facebook page to keep updated with events and join the Forester’s Forest volunteering network to get involved with organised litter picks by emailing us here.