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Council calls on residents to love where they live

News release issued:

A campaign by Keep Britain Tidy to empower residents to love where they live is being supported by Wyre Forest District Council.

A free event to kick-start the district’s ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign is taking place on Saturday 29 January 2022 at St Peter’s Church, Kidderminster from 10am to 12pm.

It will also feature a new community markets scheme which will give local small businesses an opportunity to sell their products and services every month. 

Organised by Kidderminster resident, Tammy Puttock, the launch event is set to be a great opportunity for residents to find out how they can live more sustainably, get involved in green initiatives locally and support small businesses.

The event will welcome the Let’s Waste Less team who will be on hand to offer advice on composting and recycling. Wyre Forest Vegans are going to be talking about living a plant-based lifestyle, including recipe suggestions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their garden and kitchen tools so they can be sharpened by the volunteers at the Repair Café.

There will be free support for the unemployed with Community Housing’s job club. The council’s Health and Sustainability team will also be offering energy advice, free Wyre Forest walking and cycling maps and free thermocards.

Local small businesses will be at the event selling their goods which include handmade wooden furniture, 3D printing, charity bric-a-brac and stained glass.

There will also be a chat and craft couch area where event-goers can learn how to crochet and get involved in craft activities creating sock gonks.

Refreshments and food will be supplied by a pop-up café selling bacon rolls and hot dogs with vegan alternatives as well as cakes and hot drinks.

The Love Where You Live campaign is being funded by the council’s Contain Outbreak Management Funding (COMF) which has been set up to assist communities recover from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Nicky Martin, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health, Wellbeing and Democratic Services said: “It’s important we all love where we live. It’s very easy for people to criticise the place where they live and complain about issues like litter and graffiti. But we all have a duty to look after our communities which begins with easy steps like not dropping litter in the first place.

“Let’s build a better Wyre Forest together and take pride in our district for the benefit of everyone.”

Tammy Puttock, event organiser said: “Love Where You Live is a national campaign that aims to inspire, encourage and enable people to make where they live, work, and visit, the kind of place they really want to be.

“I really hope residents are able to come along to our launch event and get involved. I look forward to seeing you there!”

Councillor Nicky Gale, ward member for Foley Park & Hoobrook said: “Local councillors have been working with council officers and the community to put on this exciting event.

“The event is focussed on encouraging individuals and communities to be more environmentally friendly and love where they live. Make sure you come along, and see all the amazing things you can get involved in locally.”

More information is available on our Love Where You Live event information page.

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