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Forestry Commission Scotland staff are urging dog owners who visit Countesswells and Foggieton Forests to clean up after their dogs!
The call comes after increasing numbers of complaints from other users.
The Commission’s Recreation & Communities Ranger for the area, Emily Holmes, said:
“Countesswells and Foggieton forests are really beautiful woods to explore, whether you are walking, running cycling, horse riding, or exploring with your kids. They’re also great places for outdoor education classes and nursery classes, letting children explore and learn and build their confidence in the natural environment.
“However, all of this is being spoiled because some irresponsible dog owners are not clearing up after their animals.
“Given that free bags and dog poo bins are provided, this anti-social behaviour demonstrates a basic lack of courtesy and consideration – and is the height of laziness.”
In addition to being a foul smelling and unsightly mess, dog poo may contain various organisms and parasites such as E. coli, tapeworm, and roundworm and toxocariasis, which can spread diseases – and be particularly harmful to children.
“It’s a real shame that the few irresponsible owners are giving all dog owners a bad name. The majority are very good at cleaning up after their animal and we hope that they’ll help us to spread the message to keep our forest clean.”
The local dog warden regularly visits the forests and can issue £40 fines to owners allowing their dog to foul without cleaning it up.
Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590