Porthmadog Pupils in Poster Campaign
Children at Ysgol Eifion Wyn, Porthmadog, recently led on a Tidy Towns dog fouling awareness campaign in the town.
As part of the campaign the children designed a colourful poster which has since been transferred onto hardback signs and placed around the town.
Before creating their colourful poster the children discussed their intentions with Jonathan Gwyn Neale, Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer. Following their poster campaign the town’s local Gwynedd Councillors came to the school with Mr Neale to thank the children for all their hard work.
The councillor for Porthmadog East, Nia Wyn Jeffreys, said: “It’s fantastic to see the children’s efforts to help with the campaign to raise awareness of this revolting problem in our communities.
“It’s our children who are most vulnerable to the toxin found in dog faeces, and it’s therefore completely appropriate that it is they who are leading on this. Many thanks to them and the school for their great efforts.”
The councillor for Porthmadog West, Selwyn Griffiths, said: “Working with schoolchildren is a wonderful Investment in our communities into the future, and especially as the crew at the school are so enthusiastic and keen to make a difference. Congratulations to all at the school in their successful partnership with Tidy Towns on this.”
Many dogs are infected with parasites which can be harmful to people, especially children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused when the eggs of toxocara worms are transferred from dogs to people through infected dog mess or soil. Infection can lead to illness and even blindness.
In Gwynedd it is a criminal offence to take a dog onto designated children’s play areas, school grounds, sports pitches and certain beaches (April-September) or to allow your dog to foul any public space. Offenders are liable to receive a £100 fixed penalty, with failure to pay potentially leading to a court summons and a fine of up to £1,000.
For more information regarding Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, contact the team on 01766 771 000 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tidy Towns initiative is funded by Welsh Government, with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment.
Picture: Pupils from Ysgol Eifion Wyn, Porthmadog with (from left) Carys Jones, Headteacher, Ysgol Eifion Wyn; Councillor Nia Wyn Jeffreys; Councillor Selwyn Griffiths; Jonathan Neale, Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns Officer.