Central Park: Progress on dog poo...but children wreck flower bed

Yvonne Gunter at the damaged bed in Central Park
Yvonne Gunter at the damaged bed in Central Park

A gang of children are believed to have wrecked a floral display at Central Park, putting a dampener on good news regarding dog mess.

Boston Borough Council says a witness has come forward who saw five or six children damaging the flower beds and staff arrived on Thursday to find plants trampled and thrown out.

Park keeper John Dyson said: “From seed to the display we have now represents nine months’ work and care – some of it now wrecked in a few minutes.”

Coun Yvonne Gunter appealed for any information which may help reveal the culprits’ identities and urged parents to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing.

She said: “I would ask parents who may have doubts to ask their children where they were between 6.30pm and 8pm on Wednesday.”

Coun Gunter said the incident ‘took the edge off’ news of the council’s dog mess campaign. Staff at the park say that since the introduction of signs and free dog poo bags the number of people failing to pick up after their pets has falen from an average of 30 a week to 16.

Coun Mark Baker said: “It is obviously good news that the message about dog mess and litter is getting home, but even one pile of poo not picked up is one too many.

“With limited resources to effectively police the park at all times we do rely on people acting responsibly, so please clean up after your pet and please use the bags and bins provided.”

It is an offence for the person in charge of a dog not to clean up after the dog, punishable by a £75 fine.