Burnley schoolgirl (six) praised for enterprising idea to help dog walkers keep streets clean
Dog walkers in Burnley have no excuse for not clearing up after their pets.. thanks to a very enterprising six-year-old girl!
Alice Barnett was so impressed by a child in Somerset who came up with an idea of introducing dog poo bag holders to keep streets and parks free of dog mess she asked her family if she could do it in Burnley.
The simple idea involves recycling plastic pop bottles as dog poo bag holders.
The bottles have little doors cut into them and they are then filled with plastic bags and nappy sacks for dog walkers to help themselves to if they forget or run out of their own supply while out and about.
Alice's dad, James Barnett, said: "Alice saw another child doing this on television and it really struck a chord for her."
Impressed with his daughter's forward thinking James decided to introduce the idea to St Stephen's 19th Burnley Beaver Scouts, where he is leader.
The youngsters loved the idea and there are now 28 of the bottles dotted at strategic points around the town popular with dog walkers. And the children have been heaped with praise their fantastic initiative.
James added: "The response has been so positive from everyone as it is such a great thing for the environment.
"We have asked people to take pictures of the bottles and post them on social media to make people aware of where the bottles are and the children will take the project forward by going round and checking on the bottles to make sure they are always filled up."
The scheme is so popular that St Matthew's Cubs in Burnley, where Alice's big brother, Thomas (nine) is a member have now adopted it.