Best-selling writer Bill Bryson has been confirmed as the new president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and has said that tackling the countryside’s litter problem – including fly-tipping – will be a priority.

Mr Bryson was brought up in the American state of Iowa but has lived in the UK for more than 25 years.

He shot to fame with his book Notes from a Small Island – an account of a tour of England he made in the early 1990s.

In 2003 the book was voted by English people as the book which best represented England.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr Bryson said he would make clearing up the countryside a priority.

“If you are caught littering it should cost you £250, if you are caught fly tipping it should cost £2,000. Society should make it clear that you can’t get away with it.”

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