Pink poo: latest weapon in fight against dog fouling!
To coincide with National Poop Scoop Week (Monday 23-Friday 27 June 2008) volunteers sick of dog fouling on one of Mansfield's beauty spots are turning to bright pink dye to shame dog owners into picking up their pooch's poo!
The idea came from John Wood, Sherwood Forest Community ranger who supports the Oak Tree SAFE volunteers who work in partnership with Mansfield District Council carrying out conservation tasks at the Oak Tree Heath Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific interest.
SAFE volunteers are spraying any dog mess found in the area with pink tree dye supplied by Mansfield District Council in an effort to highlight the problem and encourage dog owners to use the bins placed around the site.
The dye used is environmentally friendly because it biodegrades over time.
John Wood, Sherwood Forest Community Ranger says of the scheme: "The scheme has been tried and tested in other areas and a reduction in dog fouling has been recorded; I am confident this will also be the case here."
Councillor Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council commented: "Although dog owners face a £50 fine for not picking up their animal's waste; as a District Council we would much rather the environment was kept clear in the first place and if this scheme helps to combat the problem; it is appropriate that we should support it."