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Youngsters design signs for dog fouling initiative

Posted onPosted on 6th Sep

Artistic schoolchildren have been designing posters to help keep Newark and Sherwood clear of dog mess.

Pupils at Farnsfield St Michaels C of E Primary School took part in a poster competition, organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council, to tackle dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets.

The winning designs, created by eight-year-old Charlie Mawby (above) and 10-year-old Alice Tootell (below), have been transferred to new dog fouling signage to encourage more owners to clean up after their dogs and dispose of the mess correctly.

The new signs will support the council’s PAWS campaign and will be showcased in hotspot areas in nearby green spaces where there is a known issue with dog mess.

At the same time as launching the competition, community protection officer Andrew Weaver also gave 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.

Coun Roger Jackson, chairman of the 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’s 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 C of E Primary School headteacher Louise Carpenter added: “Dog mess is an issue that really affects our pupils. They were 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. To report issues of dog fouling to Newark and Sherwood District Council, go to