FORDINGBRIDGE Greener Living has set it sights on its next initiative - securing plastic free status for the town.

A community litter pick is being held on Saturday, October 17 to launch the project with Covid secure measures in place.

Since the group was founded it has started a number of initiatives including a recycling shed, crisp packet recycling, a community fridge, which is currently located in The Branch on High Street, and a tree planting project.

Wendy Reid, of Fordingbridge Greener Living, said: “We are up and running with pretty much everything now after lockdown. We have got a brand new initiative we are just about to start called Plastic Free Community. We are using the Surfers Against Sewage scheme that helps you get your town to reduce its dependence on single use plastic.

“We are going to be getting in touch with local businesses and encouraging them to get plastic free status.”

She added: “The plastic free status we are going for is really important. The reduction in single use plastics is something we really want to be working on over the next year.”

Greener Living’s tree planting group, which was getting up-and-running just before lockdown came into force, is also looking for land to plant trees. It will be receiving 450 trees from the Woodland Trust, which are arriving in November.

“Our volunteers are going to plant these trees but we are also looking for public and private areas where trees can be planted, “ said Wendy. “We are also working with the town council to look at areas for a community orchard. That is quite a new project that is getting itself off the ground.”

A seed swap box at the recycling shed is also in the pipeline to allow people to share any surplus seeds they have.

Anyone wishing to get involved in the projects, the litter pick, or has land that would be suitable to plant trees, email fordingbridgegreenerliving@gmail.com or visit: fordingbridgegreenerliving.org.