IF this doesn't make you proud of the next generation, nothing will.

A group youngsters, armed with bags and litter picks, took to the water to remove rubbish from a river.

The idea came from Sara Bennett of Bay Paddleboarding, which is based around West Bay.

Passionate about the environment, Sara regularly paddles the River Brit with friend Sancha, picking up rubbish along the river in a bid to stop it getting into the ocean.

Bay Paddleboarding has been doing junior fun paddleboarding sessions at Bridport Leisure Centre, and wanted children to have fun learning new skills on a paddleboard outside during half term - and they got stuck in cleaning up the river at the same time.

Sara contacted both Litter Free Coasts & Seas (Dorset) and Doset Waste Partnership, who offered litter pickers, gloves and hi-vis vests for the event, and Rise café, which sits on the river, to see if the groups could end there.

Sara said: "Rise were excited by the brilliant idea of cleaning the river that surrounds them, so offered a free lunch and drink to all children and volunteers who collected rubbish.

"I am super proud of the children and am thrilled to be able to contribute to the area I love to live and work in. Hopefully I will be able to do it again in the summer time."

Bay Paddleboarding currently has fitness and yoga flow classes at both Bridport Leisure Centre and will be on the beach for paddleboarding hire and lessons from July when the beaches open after the works at West Bay.