VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help clean up Dorset with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

Working in partnership with Litter Free Dorset, the countryside charity is encouraging individuals to get involved.

Throughout September, Dorset will be getting its very own Green Clean with a number of litter-picks taking place.

Areas will be cleared of bottles, cans and other littered rubbish that is harmful to nature and prevents people from enjoying green spaces.

This is the second annual Green Clean held, following the huge success of last year’s events where CPRE’s Green Cleaners collected hundreds of bags of litter and over 11,000 bottles and cans.

CPRE campaign lead Maddy Haughton-Boakes said: "Litter doesn’t belong in our countryside, and through the collective effort of local people, who either live in or simply love the countryside, we can transform our local green spaces back to a beautiful litter-free state.

‘Events like CPRE’s Green Clean help to bring communities together for a fantastic and worthwhile cause.

"Last year we had so much fun, working together with local communities’ right across the country to clean up the countryside.

"Nobody wants to see their local area awash with litter, and that’s why we want everyone across Dorset to get out and get involved."

As well as collecting litter CPRE will count and record all the bottles and cans collected to use as evidence in order to keep the pressure on the government to create the best possible deposit return system for England.

Campaigners believe that a deposit return system would boost recycling rates for drinks cans, bottles, cartons and pouches.

There are many litter-picks to get involved with throughout September

Visit cpre.org.uk/GreenClean or email litterfreedorset@dorsetcc.gov.uk for more information.