Dog waste wardens will police green spots

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DOG waste wardens are being recruited to help make green areas of an estate cleaner.

The Green Dog Walkers (GDW) campaign has already been launched with success in areas of County Durham including Chester-le-Street and is now being rolled out to Newton Hall in Durham.

The idea of the Durham County Council-backed project is to change attitudes to dog fouling in a friendly, non-confrontational way.

Volunteers wear an armband containing waste bags to be given out to dog walkers who have forgotten to carry one.

The armband also signifies a walker has taken the pledge to clean up after their pet and reminds others to do the same.

Councillors Amanda Hopgood and Mamie Simmons have purchased dog wastebags which will be distributed free to residents who sign up for the scheme.

Residents can sign up and find out more at an event at Newton Hall Community Centre on Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

Microchipping for dogs over 12 weeks old from the charity Stray Aid will also be available.