A CAMPAIGN to turn Thornbury green has been relaunched by volunteers. 

It is hoped the town will officially become “plastic free” as part of a restarted scheme by Plastic Free Thornbury. 

As part of the initiative, local shops and businesses are encouraged to change at least three things in their everyday practice with eco-alternatives. 

Other objectives include engaging with community groups and councils, hosting public events and establishing a steering group. 

So far, four traders have signed up as plastic free business champions including The Swan pub, Riddiford’s, T & J Owen Florists and Castle Crafts Gifts. 

According to organisers Emma Young and Ella Wiggins, four more businesses are due to become accredited soon. 

Emma said: “Plastic Free communities was set up by Surfers Against Sewage as a way for communities to try and reduce their plastic.

“Thornbury was lucky enough to have a group set up in 2018/19 but this stopped for various reasons.

“Now this year myself and another volunteer Ella have decided to restart the group Plastic Free Thornbury with the support of Sustainable Thornbury.”

Communities as part of the eco-scheme are not expected to be completely ‘plastic free’ to gain the status, but encourages towns to take positive steps. 

A public event organised by Plastic Free Thornbury is due to take place next year. 

Meanwhile, a steering group meeting with representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, Thornbury Town Council and Luke Hall MP is due to take place in late January. 

To find out more about the Plastic Free Thornbury campaign or to get involved, email plasticfreethornbury@gmail.com or visit here - tinyurl.com/msxe3dkv