The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has stepped up its battle against dog fouling by launching the Coalfields Dog Poo Challenge.
A £6,000 fund is to be shared among the best three ideas to tackle the problem in former mining towns and villages.
The campaign was launched following a pilot scheme which the CRT funded in Gorebridge. Volunteers sprayed dog droppings with vivid blue paint in a bid to shame owners into cleaning up. That initiative, tied in with an anti-dog fouling poster campaign for local school children, led to the amount of dog poo left in the street halved over a three-week period.
Pauline Douglas, head of operations for the CRT in Scotland said: “This is a huge problem in all our communities, and nobody should underestimate how much resentment it causes.”
Organisations can check if they can apply, and those with bright ideas that they think could work, can contact Enid Trevett for an application form or more details – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01259 272127.
The deadline for applications is August 17 and the winners wlll be announced in September.