Farnsfield St Michael’s Church of England Primary School pupils design posters to keep Newark and Sherwood clear of dog poo
Artistic schoolchildren have been designing posters to help keep Newark and Sherwood clear of dog mess.
Pupils at Farnsfield St Michael’s Church of England Primary School took part in a poster competition, run by Newark and Sherwood District Council, to tackle selfish dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets.
The winning designs, created by Charlie Mawby, 8, and Alice Tootell, 10, have been transferred to new dog fouling signs to encourage more owners to clean up after their dog and dispose of the mess correctly.
The new signs will support the district council’s PAWS campaign and will be showcased in hotspot areas in green spaces where there is a known issue with dog mess.
At the same time as launching the competition, Andrew Weaver, one of the district council’s community protection officers, also delivered an educational presentation on all aspects of dog ownership, to help raise awareness among children — both those with pets and without – on the commitment and responsibilities involved in owning a dog and cleaning up after them.
Roger Jackson, chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s leisure and environment committee, said: “We are always looking at new ways to clamp down on dog fouling because it is something our residents consistently tell us is a problem.
“Charlie and Alice’s designs have a very clear message that will definitely stand out in nearby areas. I would like to thank them both for helping us tackle this horrible issue with their great artwork.
“Dog mess is an eyesore as well as a health hazard and it is a major concern for the community. We hope that educating children from a young age on the responsibilities of owning a dog will lead to a cleaner and safer community for all generations.”
Farnsfield head Louise Carpenter said: “Dog mess is an issue that affects our pupils. They were really excited to help especially knowing that they are making a difference to their local area.”
It is an offence to not pick up dog mess in the district and if caught, the penalty can be up to £1,000.
Report dog fouling to www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/transactions/report/