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Volunteer’s creative solution to tackling dog poo problem at Lowestoft park

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:33 19 February 2019

Dog poo bag dispensers installed at Kensington Gardens in Kirkley. SALLY BREAKSPEAR

Dog poo bag dispensers installed at Kensington Gardens in Kirkley. SALLY BREAKSPEAR

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A volunteer gardener has called on the public to take pride in their streets after getting creative to tackle dog waste in Lowestoft.

Dog poo bag dispensers installed at Kensington Gardens in Kirkley. SALLY BREAKSPEARDog poo bag dispensers installed at Kensington Gardens in Kirkley. SALLY BREAKSPEAR

Sally Breakspear, a volunteer with the Friends of Kensington Gardens, has created a makeshift dispenser for dog poo bags and installed them in the Kirkley park.

After filling empty plastic bottles with free bags, Mrs Breakspear hopes the offering will entice more owners to clean up after their pets.

She said: “We do volunteer gardening there and while we are there we find lots of dog waste.

“People walking through will tell us about it too, or about people not cleaning up.

“I saw online that a girl did this in Somerset and I got the idea from that so I’ve put two up in the gardens.

“We are keeping an eye on it and will fill it back up when it runs out.

Since installing the makeshift dispensers, Mrs Breakspear has praised the public’s reaction to the bottles.

She said: “The reaction to it has been really good and we are really pleased as a group.

“People do moan a lot about the messy streets but some people don’t bother to pick up after their dogs.

“There is still going to be mess out there but this is a bit of encouragement for people.”

Mrs Breakspear now hopes to see similar innovative solutions popping up around Lowestoft, and has called on people to take part and take pride in their streets.

She said: “I think it is a good idea because you go abroad and there are dispensers there.

“People just love dogs and they are everywhere. We have got a great beach here and people love walking their dogs there, but there will always be that issue.

“Our priority is the gardens and we take a lot of pride in what we do.

“We thought we would give this a go and hopefully it helps.

“Hopefully this is something that can go around the town, especially schools. We hear people talk about dog waste being near to the schools so if they take part and do it as a project it might help tidy up outside the gates.

“If it takes off that would be great.”

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