Clean up your act say Lochnell children

Lochnell Primary School P2 pupils are appealing to members of the public to pick up their dog's mess.

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Children at Lochnell Primary School in Benderloch are so fed up of dodging dog poo on their daily outings that they have been taking matters into their own hands.

Lochnell Primary School P2 pupils set to work with their posters.

Last week the Oban Times received handwritten letters from Primary Two and Early Learning Centre (ELC) children letting us know how unhappy they are and appealing for help from the community and the council to alleviate the problem.

They are also taking action themselves by putting up their own posters along the cycle track near the school where they walk, and sometimes run, every day as part of their Daily Mile.

While doing this the children have been learning about the importance of taking care of the local environment and wanted to alert the local community to the dog dirt issue.

ELC children have also noticed the problem when playing near the cycle path.

Their eventual aim is to source dog poo bins.

‘The children would like to raise awareness of the problem and thought that contacting the Oban Times would be a good idea,’ said Primary Two teacher Nicole O’Brien.

Below are some of the letters the children have written:

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing about the problem of dog poo being in the way near our school.

Dog poo is not nice because it is dirty and smelly.

Please can we have some poo bins for the cycle path.

Faithfully,

Caitlin

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing about the dog poo in my community.

Dog poo is not nice because it is dirty and smelly.

Did you know that dog poo has released a gas that has lit a street lamp?

Yours faithfully,

Streuan

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing about the problem of dog poo being in the way near our school and to tell you about the dog poo in our community because it is in the way when we are walking along the cycle path.

The dog poo is hurting the animals because it breaks down and goes into water. The animals drink the water and it makes them feel a little bit sick. The dog poo releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and makes the earth too warm. The warmer earth gets the more unpredictable the weather is. Did you know that dog poo has released a gas that has lit up a street lamp?

Yours faithfully,

Dominik Talaska

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing about the problem of dog poo being in the way near our school.

Dog poo is not nice because it is dirty and smelly. Please can we have some poo bins for the cycle path.

Yours faithfully,

Olivia

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing a letter to the Oban Times about the dog poo problem. People are not putting dog poo bags in the bins.

Dog poo breaks down into the rivers and the animals get poorly. Please can we have some poo bins for the cycle path?

Yours faithfully,

Annie

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing to tell you about the dog poo everywhere along the cycle path. The dog poo is hurting the animals because it breaks down and goes in the water. The animals drink the water and it makes them feel a little bit sick. Did you know that dog poo has released a gas that has lit up a street lamp?

Yours faithfully,

Joy

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing to you about dog poo in our community because it is in the way when we are walking along the path.

The gases from dog poo go up into the atmosphere and dog poo can go into rivers and make the fish and sea animals feel sick.

Can you do what you can to help please?

Yours faithfully,

Breagh