We are getting increasingly concerned about the amount of dog poo which we are increasingly seeing in our streets and open spaces. Unfortunately, there is a small minority of irresponsible dog owners who still refuse to pick up after their dogs. Dogs mess is not only unpleasant and smelly but much more seriously it does pose a significant health hazard. Dogs poo can contain a dangerous parasitic roundworm known as Toxacara Canis which can infect and cause blindness in childen. This risk is totally eradicated if all dog owners act in a responsible manner and pick up their dog’s poo and dispose of it responsibly. It is also extremely important for dogs to be wormed regularly to kill the worms before they can endanger children. It is also wise not to exercise dogs in dedicated children’s play area. Is this really too much to ask to protect the health and wellbeing of our children? So please pick up after your dog. Please click on the link below and have a look at a draft poster which we are considering posting up in Redruth. We would be very keen to have your feedback and suggestions.
An interesting twist to the Eco-Clean project has emerged. A pest control firm employed by Tesco was brought in to address a rat problem in the leat area. Although a number of rats have been spotted and these are being dealt with by the pest control man, he has however advised that some of the ratty characters in the area may not be vermin as we had originally thought but water voles!! Water voles were declared extinct in Cornwall in 1988 having been eradicated by the rising American minx population, a savage preditor. This would be fantastic news if true and is currently being checked out by members of the mammal group affiliated to the Cornwall Widlife Trust.
Could it be possible that this precious, indigenous mammal has indeed survived the onslaught of the American minx in this suburban environment? We will keep you all updated on this latest development. We would appreciate knowing if any other people have spotted these special characters in the area. Interestingly the population of water voles in the UK has dropped from an estimated population of 10,000,000 to a current population of 2,000,000.
Just keep a keen eye on this space for further updates!
Cllr Graeme Hicks and Owen Braines travelled to Exeter today to record a voice over for the Redruth Brewery Leats presentation video, which will be shown at the Keep Britain Tidy national award night in Bournemouth, on the 14th of March. Hopefully we have done a reasonable job, but trying to condense the achievements of this project into a one and a half minute recording proved to be challenging to say the least. However, the Keep Britain Tidy team were extremely helpful and patient so we really are optimistic that the presentation will look good on the night. We have already accomplished a remarkable achievement just to reach the national finals, but hey, wouldn’t it be fantastic for our town to actually win this national accolade.
We remain committed and hopeful, but whatever the outcome on the 14th we are determined, come what may, to forge ahead and keep the momentum going for further environmental improvements in our town. Cornwall rightly promotes itself as the clean green peninsula, lets all commit ourselves to keeping it that way!
Contract Signs of Redruth have kindly produced, completely free of charge 70 stickers which will soon be attached to all the litter bins in the Redruth area. The stickers display the Eco-Clean logo which was designed by Amber Caley of Redruth School and contains the strap line, “Bin it don’t Sling it’ which was chosen by Members of Redruth Youth Centre. We hope very much that these new stickers, which carry an attractive modern design and message will help to change peoples attitudes towards responsibly disposing of their litter.
This further demonstrates the commitment to spread the good practise developed at the Redruth Brewery Leats to benefit the whole of Redruth. The above photograph shows Leroy Fox of Contract Signs handing over the 70 stickers to project Chairman Cllr Graeme Hicks. Please let us know if you have a bin in your neighbourhood which you think would benefit from one of our new stickers. We would be very pleased to hear from you – email@example.com