A HAMPSHIRE charity has launched a new scheme to help tackle litter across the county.

CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity in partnership with Idverde, a leading green service provider is launching new weekly litter picks to help tackle the problem of litter in the roadside verges of Hampshire.

With the support of local volunteers and Idverde, who provide a truck and driver to follow the litter pickers and screen them from approaching traffic and also generously loan the equipment needed for the clean-up, the first litter picks were held over the weekend in Brambridge, Eastleigh and in Badger Farm, Winchester.

John Lauwerys, a CPRE Hampshire Trustee who is leading the initiative, said: "CPRE has a long tradition of seeking to tackle the scourge of littering which has become an increasing problem over recent decades. Many parts of the countryside are disfigured by litter and fly tipping and this has grown worse since the covid pandemic."

CPRE Hampshire is looking for more volunteers to help with the weekly litter picks, including a new coordinator to help organise the sessions.

If you would like to get involved and can spare an hour on Saturday mornings at 10.30am, call Natalie Hargreaves on 01962 841897 or email Natalie on hantssupportercare@cprehampshire.org.uk.