23rd February 2021
The Land Trust is urging dog walkers to act responsibly and take their waste home with them, as the issue becomes an increasing problem for the national land management charity whose parks and green spaces are busier than ever.
The Trust has worked hard over the last 12 months to keep its sites open for communities to use for their physical and mental wellbeing. However as the Trust’s Director of Portfolio Management, Alan Carter, explains this has come with increased pressure.
“Over the last year we have seen a huge rise in the number of people using our parks and green spaces as they have taken to the great outdoors to benefit their physical and mental wellbeing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While we are delighted to see the huge volume of people using our sites, and generally having a far greater appreciation for the environment and natural world, it inevitably comes with increased pressures on the sites themselves.
“We have regular bin emptying schedules across our portfolio, but there have been occasions, particularly during spells of good weather, when the emptying of the bins hasn’t been able to keep up with the number of people visiting.
“As we head into the spring, the mornings and nights get lighter, and it starts to warm up, we are urging all users of our sites to act responsibly and if our bins are full to take their dog waste home with them.
“We want to keep our parks and green spaces, pleasant, safe and enjoyable places for everyone to use and we all have a part to play to ensure this happens. Taking your dog waste or litter home with you if a bin is full isn’t too much to ask and we hope people will act responsibly as we go into the next few months.”
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