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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 August, 2004, 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK
Goose droppings pose park problem
Canada Geese
The geese are a popular - but messy - attraction at the park
A hi-tech machine is being used by waste managers to tackle a particularly messy problem - goose droppings.

The problem in Poole Park, Poole in Dorset, is said to be putting visitors off using some grassy areas.

The "amazon" machine, which lifts the mess off the grass, has been trialled by the borough council and has been described as a "huge success".

Spokeswoman Rachael Mills said: "I suppose, in layman's terms it's a goose droppings hoover-upper."

Peter Adams, the council's environment boss, said a number of innovative methods had been tried at the park but the latest machine had proved to be the most effective.

"The Canada geese and ducks in the park have long been an attraction for families visiting the park," he said.

"However goose droppings are a major headache and the nuisance can spoil the enjoyment of visitors."

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