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Stamford cubs and scouts help to sort out dog mess problems

Cubs and Scouts are helping to tackle Stamford's dog poop problems by providing bags in handy home-made dispensers.

The idea is being rolled out by the 6th Stamford Scouts and Cubs.

They are making bag dispensers from empty plastic bottles and stationing them at popular dog walking locations. Initial targets have been The Meadows and Empingham Road Playing Fields.

Oliver Mckee (10) Mackenzie Gibson (9) Oliver Williams (8) (7081143)
Oliver Mckee (10) Mackenzie Gibson (9) Oliver Williams (8) (7081143)

Leader Jane Gibson, who is helping the 28 cubs and 16 scouts with their community action, said: “We weren't sure how the dispensers would go down, but the public reaction seems to have been positive and we hope that dog walkers find them useful when they have perhaps forgotten to take a poop bag with them.

“We know that dog mess is still an issue in town because some of our young members play rugby and football on the Empingham Road playing fields at weekends, and beforehand we have to carry out a sweep of the field to pick up mess. One day we picked up 10 bags of poop before they could play safely.”

The mini poop-scoop project is helping cubs and scouts become more involved in their community, and to learn skills such as recycling and navigation. It will help them to earn badges to recognise their achievements.

Jane added: "Our members have been bringing in the bottles and looked at the design of the dispensers, making sure they created something that wouldn't fill up with rain water.

"Some of the older scouts were involved in mapping out the routes to follow when they go to refill the dispensers with bags.

"This is a project which they are enjoying and it's benefitting the wider community."

There is a waiting list of children wanting to join the 6th Stamford group because more adult helpers are needed. Potential volunteers can email sixstamford@hotmail.co.uk

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