ICONIC fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has offered her support to Birkenhead MP Frank Field’s rainforest charity.

The world-renowned designer spent a week in the Amazon jungle to discover the work of Cool Earth which tackles climate change through various projects.

Dame Vivienne pledged £1m to the charity last year to help support rainforest communities to protect their land from loggers.

Cool Earth is now protecting 330,000 acres of endangered rainforest around the world which is shielding a further three million acres from loggers.

Mr Field, who set up the charity in 2007, said: "The simple idea behind Cool Earth is that rainforests are worth much more left standing – both to the planet and the local communities that rely on them.

"Dame Vivienne has been a wonderful supporter of the charity and works tirelessly to raise awareness of the real dangers of climate change and rainforest destruction.

"I am delighted that she had the chance to go and see the fantastic work of one of our projects in the Amazon. I’m told that she was more than happy to get her hands dirty!"

Cool Earth enables every individual, family, school and business in the UK to have an immediate impact in protecting areas of rainforest that would otherwise be destroyed.

Supporters can sponsor acres of rainforest or even individual trees. For more information visit www.coolearth.org.