A group of young schoolchildren, led by 8-year-old Amelia Parsons, have initiated an effort to encourage dog owners in Wirral to clean up after their pets.
Tired of navigating around dog poo on her way to Riverside Primary School in Seacombe, Amelia approached her headteacher, Mrs. Lahive, for a solution.
The two decided to collaborate with the school council on a contest open to all pupils, challenging them to create posters that would inspire dog owners to act responsibly.
The school received an overwhelming number of submissions, prompting them to reach out to Seacombe Labour councillor Paul Stuart and Wirral Council leader Janette Williamson to view the collection of posters and award some of the prizes.
Cllr Jannette Williamson said, “I’d like to thank Amelia for her fantastic campaign and all the children who took part. They clearly love Seacombe and want it to stay clean and safe.
“I think there’s a lesson that dog owners need to take from this, listen to what our next generation are telling us and clean up after your pets.
“Thank you Riverside teachers and pupils, school governor Paul Parsons, and Cllr Paul Stuart for caring for your environment and providing a campaign we can roll out across the whole of Wirral.”
Cllr Paul Stuart said, “Congratulations to Amelia and all the pupils at Riverside Primary School for their brilliant artworks. As a dad, grandad and foster parent myself, I know what a nuisance this issue can be.
“The vast majority of dog owners are responsible people, and hopefully seeing these wonderful posters will remind everyone how important it is to pick up after our dogs and keep Seacombe clean and tidy.”
Main image: (L-R) Paul and Amelia Parsons, Cllr Janette Williamson, and Cllr Paul Stuart