AROUND 100 volunteers are expected to take part in a river-clean event starting at Tuckton Tea Gardens tomorrow morning.

Members of the Plastic Free Seas Worldwide Foundation have appealed for public support for what they’re describing as an Easter Plastic Hunt.

Recent events at nearby Iford have seen 1.2 tonnes of waste hauled from the river and teams hope to make this weekend’s event the biggest UK clean-up to date.

It coincides with a similar event in Spain and the race is on to see which team collects the most plastic.

The Tuckton team will be split into two groups with one heading towards Iford and the other towards Hengistbury Head.

Craig Webb, one of the organisers, said: “We are continuing our efforts from Tuckton Tea Gardens clearing waste from the river banks, with paddle board and boats helping on the water.

“We are set for a brilliant day and welcome everyone to join us.”

All children who attend will receive a certificate and there will be free PFSW T-shirts for all volunteers.

Mr Webb added: “I have arranged two river cleans to start at the same time in the UK and Spain and we will see who collects the most at the end.

“The plastic problem is getting worse and, unless we change, what sort of world will we leave our children?

“Small changes is all it takes to make a difference and if anyone wants to talk with me about how they can reduce their plastic consumption I am happy to help.”

Boats, paddle boards and canoes are welcome and Bournemouth Boating Services, based at Tuckton Tea Gardens, is lending some river boats.

“Bring the family, walk the dog, get some exercise and have some fun meeting new people” said Mr Webb. “This is a friendly competition against our Spanish PFSW team. Who will collect the most plastic?

“Bags are provided but please bring gloves, a drink and suntan lotion. We will weigh and sort all that we collect at the end of the event at around 11.30am.

“Just turn up in time for a briefing at 9.50am if you want to help.”