Over 200 Corsham school children have used their artistic talents to design posters to remind dog owners in the town to Scoop the Poop.
A group of Corsham Primary parents fed up with walking through dog poo launched the Scoop the Poop campaign earlier this year to stop dog owners messing the pavements of Corsham. It was supported by Corsham Town Council and The Dogs Trust.
Children aged 3 – 19 were asked to design a poster to tell dog owners why they need to ‘Scoop the Poop’ with the winning poster to be displayed around Corsham. Over 100 people gathered at Springfirld Health and well-being centre on Monday 22 February to eagerly find out the ultimate winner and to collect their certificates, medals and prizes which had been generously donated by local businesses.
A spokesperson for the group commented: “We hope irresponsible dog owners will listen to the community’s request for them to clean up after their dog. For every one person that starts to clean up after their dog that’s over 700 fewer dog poos on the street each year.”
The posters were judged by dog warden Sebastian Williams, Steve Abbott, Chairman of Corsham Town Council Community Services Committee and a local artist with the top prize going to four year old Edward W from Corsham Primary School.
The runners up included – Lewis C (Corsham Primary), William A (Corsham Primary), Lily S-G. (Corsham Primary) and Hattie C (Heywood).
Not only is dog poo extremely unpleasant, it’s dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog poo can cause toxocariasis- a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness and seizures. It’s also a slip hazard and can cause infections when in contact with wounds.
Local dog warden Sebastian Williams said “I was pleased to be invited to judge this poster competition as dog fouling is an issue Wiltshire Council takes seriously. It is important for dog owners to bag it and bin it- any litter bin will do. Failure to clean up after your dog can lead to a fine of up to £1000. I encourage anyone with information on someone failing to clean up after their dog to contact me on 0300 456 0107. “
Corsham Area Community Engagement Manager, Richard Rogers said “I was delighted that we were able to support this initiative and the 200 posters created and large number of people that turned up to the prize giving is a fantastic reminder of how important cleaning up dog fouling is to our community”
All the posters, which cover a 40m stretch, are currently on display at Corsham’s Community Campus until 13 March.
A Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/dogpoofreeCorsham) has also been set up for people that would like to keep up to date with campaign.
If you have information about someone who is failing to clean up after their dog, you can report it to the dog warden on 0300 456 0107.
You can also report dog mess to the Council on 0300 456 0100, Wiltshire.gov.uk
or with the MyWiltshire App.
If you would like to help distribute the winning poster in your area please email email@example.com. You can also order Keep Britain Tidy posters and bin stickers to use in your local area online at: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/dogpoofairy/735