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Nature's beauty almost entirely ruined by the selfish and arrogant attitude of those dog owners who seem to have designated St Leonards Forest as a public defecation area for dogs. Those choosing to leave behind either mess or poo bags epitomise the small-minded arrogance of all too many dog owners who expect someone else to clear up after them. As for the "stick and flick", that is plain lazy and when multiplied by the apparent volume of dog walkers becomes equally disgusting. Irresponsible dog owners, why not let your dog defecate in your garden? No doubt you don't like dog faeces in your garden. What makes you believe it's fine in public spaces?

IF IT'S YOUR DOG, IT'S YOUR MESS.

The Average Walker, 6/May/2016

We try to encourage all of our dog walkers to be responsible owners and clear up after their dogs, and understand that the forest should be left so that everyone can enjoy it.

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As for having bins along the footpaths, while at first uneducated glance this seems a brilliant idea, the forestry is underfunded like everything else. If you all want to pay a pound each time you walk your dog then I'm sure the forestry would be able to employ someone to empty said bins. Long story short you are talking about commercialising the Forrest! What's next? Adverts on billboards every 20 metres. Grow up, be responsible. Leave the forest as you find it. Thank you x

Anonymous, 29/Sep/2015

If your dog has a motion on a designated footpath, then either flick it into the undergrowth or pick it up in a biodegrable bag. (Foresrtry; maybe, set aside an area for the decomposition of faecal matter in biodegrable bags?). Either way, this should NOT be an issue. If you own a dog, you probably like companionship, if you leave poo for other people and animals to tread in then everyone hates you. Thanks.

Father Nature, 29/Sep/2015

thank you for your comments. we would like all of our visitors with dogs to be responsible owners and clear up after them.

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Being a regular dog-walker at Roost Hole, I completely agree with all the comments shared on 12/4/15 regarding the impact of recent changes to the way owners are asked to clear up after their dogs.

I would like to add that I was saddened to see the return of the Poo Fairy posters this week. The Stick & Flick policy, in my view, is more likely to be adhered to by dog owners in the forest environment. I fear that the mound of dog-poo bags by the entrance and elsewhere will only increase as people expect (rightly or wrongly) that if they are asked to clear up, then bins should be provided.

The Forest is such a beautiful place and we are so lucky to have this on our doorstep, we need to ensure that the most appropriate policies are deployed to keep it that way.

Can the decision be reversed to return to the Stick and Flick policy?

Anonymous, 21/Apr/2015

thank you for your feedback. please see the response that the local forester made to the previous comments. We hope that you continue to enjoy your walks at Roots Hole.

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