Swansea City ambassadors Leon Britton and Lee Trundle have backed a poster campaign by schoolchildren to encourage dog owners to pick up their pet’s poo.
The issue of dog mess in parks, especially where sport is played, is a serious one insisted Britton and Trundle, who were impressed by the posters produced by pupils of Dunvant and Pen y Fro schools.
“This is a really good campaign and it’s great that it has included the children in a fun way,” said Leon.
“If you are dog owner you must think of kids playing or playing sport in parks. It’s all about being a responsible dog owner and making sure you clear up after your pet.”
Lee added: “If you have kids playing in a park the last thing you want is them standing or falling in dog mess. It’s important to keep parks like Dunvant Park clear of dog poo, and the message on these posters from the schoolchildren is clear.”
Labour councillors for Dunvant ward, Louise Gibbard and Jennifer Raynor, judged the poster competition run by the two schools and picked out the top three winners from each.
From Dunvant School the winners were: Harley Lawrence, Bridie Cable and Alfie Gunner, while the winners at Pen y Fro School were: Neve Dodd, Gwenllian Stanaway-Jones and Joe Lee.
The winners’ posters will now be put up around Dunvant to remind dog walkers to pick up after their pets.
“The pupils were really passionate about the poster competition and it has been a fun way to remind dog owners of their responsibility,” said Cllr Gibbard.
Cllr Raynor added: “This is an ongoing issue but through this poster campaign let’s hope dog walkers keep an eye on their dogs and pick up. There is a simple message to the dog owners: don’t go out without bringing some bags with you.”
CAPTION: L-R Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Leon Britton, Rachel Lewis, Head Teacher of Pen y Fro School, Kerry Thomas, Head Teacher of Dunvant School, Julie Bowen, teacher at Dunvant School, Cllr Louise Gibbard, Lee Trundle with the six winning pupils in Dunvant Park.