A group of Kedington Primary Academy pupils have used their creative talents to help tackle the unsavoury issue of dog fouling on the village’s Great Meadow.
The nine, year five youngsters have each had their designs for anti-dog fouling posters selected by Kedington Community Association (KCA) and they will now be put up on display in the meadow.
The KCA approached the school to see if they would like to get the pupils involved in designing a poster as part of their drive to curb the amount of dog poo being left on the meadow.
Steve Brown, KCA Chairman, explained how the move came about: “It was basically complaints from the people who use the meadow about the amount of dog litter that’s not picked up.
“In the winter months we have youth football there and every time we play they have to pick up dog mess.
“We spend a lot of time down there and it’s a very popular spot for families and clearly it’s very popular for dog owners.
“We discussed what measures we can take because it is against the law but the borough council’s enforcement is not as robust as it could be.
“The plan was to raise it to the attention of the dog owners and one of our members suggested we invite the school to come up with some posters.”
One of the children to come up with a winning design was Charis Watts, aged nine, whose poster has the headline ‘Bag it Bin It’.
She said: “It’s not very nice, it’s not healthy and it’s messy. If you step in it, it’s stinky.
Every child whose poster design was selected for use received certificate, a laminated copy of the poster and a book token during their school assembly last Friday (March 21).