My family have recently been to a children’s Sunday event at Haughmond Hill and I can honestly say that I have never seen as much dog waste in one place. The paths were corridors of it.
The site seems to be under the responsibility of Shrewsbury Council and the Forestry Commission, and I assume is maintained to a degree through public money.
I am annoyed that such a lovely facility, funded by everyone, for everyone to enjoy, is misused so selfishly.
Promoting a facility and event to families and children at such an unhygienic venue could almost be lacking in a duty of care.
Children of four and six do not think about the transfer of germs from shoes to logs to hands and then to their faces when playing and climbing and really should not have to. Unfortunately after this my ‘duty of care’ means we will not be going again.
The commission’s stick and flick policy just legitimises not cleaning up after your dogs and is a retrogressive move.
In my opinion dog owners who insist on taking their dogs to public places to defecate instead of on their own property could at least pick it up and take it home.
Requesting that dog owners be responsible obviously does not ensure that all dog owners will be, so could I suggest that the car parks and tracks are separated into ones for dogs and their owners and ones for everyone else.
This seems to work quite well on beaches, which as far as I can see had the same problems, and will provide the dog toilet that people seem to need.
It will also eliminate the need for dog waste bins which have been cited as being expensive harmful to wildlife and not in keeping with the working woodland aspect of the area.
You never know, dog owners may begin to self regulate once they are given their own area to almost literally sink or swim in.
I wonder which way the non dog owning majority of the population would go if there was the choice between walking and playing in other peoples dog faeces or not?