Since the first lockdown back in March 2020, our green spaces have been increasingly important to many of us. Getting out in the fresh air for a walk helps to maintain our mental health and wellbeing, and we're really lucky in Essex to have many beautiful parks to explore.
Authorities across Essex are working in partnership to remind the public of the consequences of littering on the local environment and wildlife, by displaying Love Essex campaign banners and posters within parks and open spaces asking: "Love it here? Don't leave it here..."
Across the county, council staff and individual volunteers of all ages work hard to look after our green spaces. However, we all need to make sure we do our bit to protect our local parks, beaches and green spaces so that we can all continue to enjoy them.
Not only is it unsightly, but even the smallest amount of litter can harm the local wildlife and damage the soil. If you visit our green spaces and the bins are full, please make sure you take your rubbish home with you.
The joint countywide Love Essex campaign message is simple... It only takes a few pieces of litter to ruin a habitat and put wildlife at risk. Bin it, or take it home!
From Friday 22 October, residents are able to borrow litter-picking equipment from their local library, country park or council. Thanks to funding from Active Essex, a variety of sports and fitness groups will also be provided with equipment.
There is no need to book in advance, simply turn up and ask to borrow a kit. You will also be provided a branded 'Love it here, don't leave it here' litter sack to collect the rubbish in. You can then leave your bag of rubbish next to a public bin so it can be collected by the street-cleansing teams across Essex.
The authorities and partners involved in this campaign include: