NeighbourhoodsCreating cleaner, greener spaces 3 things you can do today Re-route one journey. Pick a car journey you take regularly and try walking, cycling or taking public transport instead. Meet your neighbours. Discover something good going on near you and get involved. You'll share your skills, meet someone new and help create stronger a community. This is a good place to start. Plant something. Trees and plants are great for making our neighbourhoods more inviting, and they clean the air too. Silver birch trees are particularly good for reducing pollution levels. NASA did a study into great ways to clean the air and revealed English ivy, philodendrons, spider plants and golden pothos are great options for growing at home. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. HomeDo somethingTop tipsBlogIdeas bank Neighbourhoods The Communitrees Using nudge theory to reduce forest littering by creating 'Communitree' faces to keep a watchful eye on the forest. Every year 250 tonnes of litter is removed from the Forest of Dean. As part of the #LoveYourForest rural anti-litter campaign, we explored different ways to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly rather than leaving it to wallow on the forest floor for decades. We discovered some research suggesting our behaviour when we’re being watched is very different to when we’re acting unobserved. We were intrigued to see if watchful eyes could be used as a way of stopping rural littering. This led to the creation of the ‘Communitrees’ who kept a watchful eye over the Forest of Dean in summer 2016, reminding visitors to keep the forest clean and green by taking their litter home. The 50 weird and wonderful tree faces were designed by school children and brought to life by local artists, using reclaimed materials and litter from the Forest floor. We also created a forest Communitree map so visitors could follow tree face trails and tick off ones they could spot. Achieved so far The Communitrees were piloted in 2016 as part of the wider #LoveYourForest anti-litter campaign in the Forest of Dean and Coleford. The campaign generated a high level of local engagement; 30 organisations contributed to the initial research and scoping discussions; 14 primary schools and 2 secondary schools participated in anti-littering educational activities. At least 2,850 local people were actively engaged in the campaign. Litter monitoring around the Communitree installations indicated a 30% reduction in local litter levels and 82% of people polled would like to see similar projects in the future.