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Bag dispensers installed to curb dog poo problem at community garden

PUBLISHED: 13:52 10 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:12 10 July 2019

Two dog poo bag dispensers have been installed at Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. Picture: Sally and Bob Breakspear

Two dog poo bag dispensers have been installed at Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. Picture: Sally and Bob Breakspear

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Dog poo bag dispensers have been installed in a bid to rid a community garden of its smelly problem.

Two dog poo bag dispensers have been installed at Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. Picture: Sally and Bob BreakspearTwo dog poo bag dispensers have been installed at Kensington Gardens in Lowestoft. Picture: Sally and Bob Breakspear

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Back in February, Sally Breakspear - a volunteer with the Friends of Kensington Gardens - created a makeshift dispenser containing poo bags for dog walkers to use at the Lowestoft park.

Her idea, inspired by the success of a similar scheme led by a 10-year-old girl in Somerset, drew widespread praise and caught the eye of Donna White from Lowestoft Canine Creche.

After buying a pair of bona fide dispensers, Ms White teamed up with Mrs Breakspear and fellow volunteer Chiara Diack to install the purpose-built contraptions ready for public use.

"A few months ago we put some plastic bottles with dog poo bags in the garden and it got a really good reaction." said Mrs Breakspear.

"Donna, who runs the Canine Creche, approached us and she has bought a couple of proper dog poo bag dispensers which are now in the garden.

"We have already seen a noticeable difference. We've found that, since the dispensers were installed, the gardens have been so much cleaner.

"It is going to be a good thing for the area and, not only that, it is a community-driven idea."

The volunteer gardeners had previously complained of finding dog waste as they tended to borders and flower beds, while local people regularly reported seeing dog walkers fail to clean up after their pets.

But with the dispensers at Kensington Gardens having made such a discernible difference in a matter of days, Mrs Breakspear is encouraging other individuals, groups and businesses to follow the volunteers' lead.

"This is a really important step for the town," she added. "People are always moaning on social media about dirty pavements, parks and the promenade - where people often don't pick up dog poo.

"We often see parents complaining about poo outside schools as well. The real test now is trying to push this into other areas of Lowestoft.

It would be great if small local businesses could follow this example by sponsoring a bin dispenser and putting it somewhere in the area."

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