Campaign to tackle dog fouling problem

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A campaign to tackle dog fouling at the ‘jewel in Garstang’s crown’ has been launched.

Work to combat the problem on the Millennium Green in Garstang has started after it was highlighted that a small number of dog walkers are failing to clean up after their dogs

Bosses behind the Green want to remind dog walkers that they must come prepared to clean up after their dogs and not leave any dog mess behind.

The issue was raised at the last Annual General Meeting of the Millennium Green.

At the meeting the trustees’ chairman Lady Dulcie Atkins emphasised that the Green must be useable by everyone and launched a campaign to inform all users.

Peter Ryder, the chairman of the management committee, added: “The problem is not huge and is being created by a very small number of careless users.

“We ask for everyone’s support to conquer this issue so that dogs can continue to be allowed to exercise freely on the Millennium Green allowing all users equal and safe access.”

Peter added: “At our AGM there were people there and one of the questions was about dog fouling and obviously being that the Millennium Green is open for everyone to use and dogs can roam very freely we have to take note of what people are saying.

“We don’t see it as an enormous problem but it has been brought to our attention.”

The managers of the Green have launched an information campaign and this has been sponsored by Barker’s Pet Shop in High Street Garstang.

Notices have been erected on the green warning that if the green is not kept clean the trustees will feel obliged to impose a ‘Dogs on leads only’ notice on all users.

Peter said that move would be the “last solution.”

He added: “We are trying to educate and get the minority to be responsible.”

Volunteers are patrolling the green offering doggy bags to aid walkers and on Tuesday July 16, weather permitting, there will be a display on the green that will focus on the issue.

The Millennium Green is just a few minutes walk from the High Street in Garstang.

It is an area, situated on the western bank of the River Wyre, that has been set aside for wildlife conservation and community events.

To find out more about the Millennium Green, visit www.garstangmillenniumgreen.org.uk/