Youngsters at Scallywags Nursery have started an anti-fouling campaign after finding dog mess on the street outside their premises again.
Outings for the children often involve dodging fouling on the street to ensure that their shoes remain clean and children and staff are so fed up with this that they themselves decided to campaign against the mess!
The youngsters created their own posters for display by the pavement and have spent time learning about the importance of looking after the environment.
They came up with a catchphrase for the posters, ‘Please clean up doggy poo, it’s getting stuck on our shoes’ to try to persuade pet owners to pick up after their dogs.
Despite the catchy plea, less than 24 hours later, yet again, they found dog excrement next to one of the posters outside their Taymouth Terrace premises.
Claire Prophet, lead practitioner, told the Guide & Gazette: “The nursery garden is also often visited by cats that foul in the garden, leaving a clean-up job most mornings before the children can access the garden.”
The youngsters used the Internet to research ways to prevent cats fouling in their garden and have tried sprinkling pepper over affected areas, reflective CDs and water bottles but still the area seems too appealing for the cats.
Claire concluded: “We would appreciate if anyone has any tips to keep the garden clean that they email the nursery at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Local councillor Brian Boyd commented: “It is great to see this nursery take the initiative to sort out animal fouling. If we can educate them young, they will hopefully go home and tell parents, grandparents along with uncles and aunties too, and, if any of them are culprits, they might be embarrassed into stopping the disgraceful behaviour of allowing your dog to foul around our streets.
“As it gets darker the problem gets worse as they think they can get away with it but I will contact the community wardens and ask them to assess the area and try charge some culprits with fixed penalty notices.”