I AM writing to draw attention to National Clean Air Day, which this year falls on June 20.

It would be interesting to know what other people in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area are doing at the moment or have done recently to promote clean air, so could I through this letter encourage anyone involved in anything to make air cleaner, whether deliberately or as a spin off, to let the Echo and as many people as you are in contact with, to know about it.

It doesn't matter how small it is. I'm sure many a mickle makes a muckle. It could be planting a hedge or a climbing plant up a wall that will help absorb pollution. Every time someone is out watering growing plants at this time of year all helps.

It might be the extra bike rides that many bike shops put on at this time of year.

Maybe an employer is making space from somewhere for safe bike storage.

I know that we have bike racks on their way to Ashley Cross Green (or Parkstone Park as it used to be called).

I'm certainly not a green goddess but I do believe it is better to light a single candle than curse the darkness.

I have noticed more and more deliveries of oxygen bottles being made locally over the years and people out and about with these items. To me this is the evidence that air could and should be cleaner in Poole. When I raised this with a former mayor about 15 years ago, he told me his approach to the problem was to avoid Ashley Cross because of his weak chest and the pollution levels which would cause him to become ill.

Alone, it can clearly seem daunting to take the first steps to cleaner air here, but with encouragement from each other I am confident that improvements can be made.

I was upset 23 years ago to see such young people smoking in the Dolphin Centre and found by contacting the local press that there was overwhelming support for removing cigarette smoke from that place.

I hope that support for keeping our airspace cleaner for young, old, fit and unfit will be similarly strong today.

SUSAN STOCKWELL, Britannia Road, Poole