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‘Poo Dunnit’ campaign receives Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month

Gorebridge Community Cares presented with our monthly Hero of the Month award for their work with two primary schools in Gorebridge to tackle dog fouling.

Gorebridge Community Cares was nominated for the award, which is part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, by Beautiful Scotland judges who visited the Keep Gorebridge Beautiful Group.

The judges commended the groups ‘Poo Dunnit’ campaign which worked with St Andrews Primary School and Gorebridge Primary School to raise awareness of the negative effects dog fouling has on the environment and on people’s health. 

As part of the village wide initiative, Gorebridge pupils were involved in playing a pivotal role as dog fouling ‘policemen’. They were tasked with measuring the levels of dog fouling they spotted on the streets and spray painting the ‘crime scenes’ in bright colours - bringing it to the attention of others and ultimately helping to reduce dog fouling locally. 

Ellen Scot, Chair of Gorebridge Community Cares commented:

“It truly is an honour to receive the Clean Up Hero of the Month Award.

We wanted to do this in a fun way that would still get through to dog owners the unacceptability of leaving dog poo on streets, parks and paths.  We had a great time, helped very much by the ideas of Fiona Maher, our consultant artist, and the children had a great time during the campaign, amid much laughter.  We think it captured the imagination of children.  Some of our Trustees went on to spray any dog poo found and treat it as a crime scene, leaving detective calling cards and cordoning off the offending area with police like “Crime Scene -Do not enter” biodegradable tape.

We will continue to  promote pride in our local area – and we might just have to think of another new idea to be going on with!”.”

The Hero of the Month award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit.. Lindsay Richmond-Kearns, Communities Manager for Helping Hand Environmental, commented:

“We are delighted to help present this award to Gorebridge Community Cares. It’s great to see a community group working with a local school to tackle dog fouling in such an interesting way. For this hero presentation we have adapted the Clean Up heroes kit by providing an additional Handiscoop Pooper Scooper to help the group with their campaign activities.”

Every month, since January 2013, Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented a Clean Up Scotland Hero award, recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual, or group, to cleaning up Scotland. To support Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, all Clean Up Scotland heroes in 2018 are either under the age of 26 or working to engage those under the age of 26.

 Heather McLaughlin, Community Project Officer with Keep Scotland Beautiful presented the award. She said:

“‘Poo Dunnit’ is a fantastic example of an extremely successful community campaign. It has managed to engage the whole community, from school pupils to shopkeepers, and motivated people to make a real difference - ultimately reducing the amount of dog poo littering the streets of Gorebridge.

“There are volunteers all across Scotland like Gorebridge Community Cares who are working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. I would encourage everyone to nominate their local heroes for our Hero of the month award.”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland to find out how you can help with the campaign’s ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

26 November 2018

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