James Bagge is ambassador for Love West Norfolk Day, which takes place on February 14. As a photography competition launches today, he explains why this year’s theme is all about protecting the beautiful West Norfolk environment
People across west Norfolk are being asked to join in this year’s Love West Norfolk Day which is focused on the theme of ‘celebrating and protecting our beautiful west Norfolk environment’. Taking place on February 14, the fifth Love West Norfolk Day will provide an opportunity to highlight the natural beauty of west Norfolk, as well as some of the ways that individuals and organisations can protect the environment. And the Love West Norfolk logo has gone green for this year to mark the theme.
James Bagge, Love West Norfolk Ambassador says: ‘Love West Norfolk Day gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate our wonderful part of the world, and this year, we’re focusing on the beautiful natural environment which is in abundance here.
‘As well as celebrating this environment, we felt it was also important to consider how we can protect it, and the difference we can all make, which is timely coming after last autumn’s COP26.
‘As always, what makes Love West Norfolk Day so successful is the many, many people who get involved by adding their voices to our special celebration. I would ask people to please, once again, join us on February 14 and let’s highlight this very special area.’
One way in which people can get involved in west Norfolk’s special day is through a photography competition that is launching today (Friday January 21). People are being invited to share images of beautiful west Norfolk scenery to win one of three prizes and all the images submitted will also be published on Love West Norfolk’s social media throughout Love West Norfolk Day. People can enter the competition through the website: Love West Norfolk.
In addition, competitions for west Norfolk schools are set to take place with junior and secondary pupils invited to come up with ideas to protect the environment, and infants asked to draw a picture of a beautiful west Norfolk place. There will be prizes for the children, and the winning entries will be published after Love West Norfolk Day.
On the day itself, people can also join in by taking ‘one step’ towards protecting their local environment, such as by picking up one piece of litter. And anyone wishing to organise a community litter pick on Love West Norfolk day can – subject to availability – access Love West Norfolk litter pick kits from the borough council.
It is be hoped that once again social media will be filled with the #lovewestnorfolk hashtag on Love West Norfolk day as people join in the celebration and share pictures and comments. Organisers are keen to hear from both individuals and organisations who also may wish to highlight some of the work that they are doing to protect the environment in west Norfolk.
A Love West Norfolk day engagement pack will be available online from February 1 with all the ways that people can join in with this year’s Love West Norfolk Day.
The Love West Norfolk campaign is organised by the West Norfolk Strategy Group which includes the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Freebridge Community Housing, the QEH, the College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn Police, Norfolk County Council, and Community Action Norfolk. The campaign is also working with partners Discover King’s Lynn and Visit West Norfolk.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the day, including getting involved, can visit Love West Norfolk and follow the Love West Norfolk social media channels: @LoveWestNorfolk on Twitter; Love West Norfolk on Facebook; @love_west_norfolk on Instagram and LinkedIn: Love West Norfolk.