Love Where You Live

Do you want to make a positive difference to your community?

We can help!

Everyone wants to live somewhere that they love but we are all so busy it can be difficult to know where to start getting to know or improve your local area.

Love Where You Live is about putting you in the driving seat to improve your local environment and get to know your community. Love Where You Live covers a wide range of community activities, from organising a litter pick or community event to starting a residents’ group, supporting vulnerable neighbours or building a new play area.

The Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean campaign aims to bring together local people to clear up litter from our towns and villages and Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury councils are fully supporting this campaign and are hoping that local communities and groups will do their bit to make the places where we live and work look that little bit nicer.

The Great British Spring Clean weekend is being held on 3, 4 and 5 March 2017 but you can plan a litter picking event at any time during the year and borrow the litter picking equipment (subject to availability) from us and get us to remove any bags of litter you collect after your event. Any Great British Spring Clean event you organise can be officially registered and advertised online at: www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

Please contact customer.services@westsuffolk.gov.uk or phone 01284 763233 or 01638 719000 to check on availability and book the loan of your litter picking equipment (litter pickers, bag hoops, hi-vis waistcoats and bags)

How it's done

In 2015-16 our Waste and Street Scene team registered over 2300 volunteers who wanted to help clear up their local area, between them using over 1100 refuse sacks! Our Waste and Street Scene team can give you refuse sacks and lend you sack holders, gloves, long handled litter pickup sticks and high visibility waistcoats, as well as offering advice and guidance and collecting the waste free of charge when you let us know you’ve finished.

If you are interested in organising a litter pick in your area then please visit our Arrange a litter pick page.

We can also lend you equipment if you would like to maintain your community green spaces and advise you if you would like to start a green fingered project, for example a community garden or help for people in your neighbourhood who find gardening difficult.

For wider community projects our Families and Communities team can offer help, advice and friendly links to other organisations who can welcome, advise and assist you. Please visit our Your community page for further details.

Just let us know what you've got planned or what you'd like to do and we'll tell you what we can do to support you!

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