A conscientious nature-lover has planted a sea of pink flags in piles of dog poo along a footpath to help people avoid the muck.
Sara Harris, of Syston, was so sick of the sight of dog mess along a canal towpath near her home that she took matters into her own hands.
The businesswoman said repeated requests to various authorities for bins to be provided had not been acted upon, so she has planted dozens of brightly- coloured warning flags along the popular four-mile stretch.
Sara, 43, and husband Mark, 42, who run the Old Junction Boatyard, said dog walkers had either left piles of mess on the path or had hung bags of it on surrounding hedges.
Some have even thrown the filled bags into the canal, where they have started to mount up against the bank.
Mark said: "Sara has made pink poo flags and she marks the fouling with the flags so people can avoid walking in it.
"We've spoken to Charnwood, city, county and the parish councils about installing bins, but they say it's not their responsibility, even though the path has county council signposts on. The Canal and River Trust say it's not their responsibility either. I bet if I put 30 picnic tables on it, I'd soon find out who owned it."
The path runs between Birstall and Cossington, along the River Soar.
The beauty spot attracts hundreds of people a day, said Sara, but the problem was only down to a few inconsiderate people.
"The pathway is littered with rubbish and dog fouling, despite Charnwood Borough Council recently winning an award for its Don't Muck Around campaign," said Sara, referring to a scheme in which council increased patrols and issued leaflets in dog poo hotspots in the borough.
"There is no rubbish bin from Birstall right through to Cossington – a distance of four or five miles. Where are people supposed to dispose of their rubbish and dog poo?
"It's not everyone – just a few who are too lazy to take their rubbish with them." :dog: