Dog campaign gathers pace at Macclesfield Forest
A TEAM hoping to re-educate dog owners and prevent their pets from becoming a nuisance have extended their campaign to Macclesfield Forest.
The Three Villages Community Action Group and Parish Plan Steering Group have been working hard to tackle dog fouling in the area, which they say has become a major problem.
With the help of pupils from Hollinhey Primary School, they have posted 60 warning posters across Sutton, Langley and Lyme Green.
The group has now installed posters at Macclesfield Forest and near to the reservoir.
A special ‘doggy event day’ will also be held at the forest, on Saturday, July 11.
From 10.30am until 2.30pm volunteers will be at the picnic area of Trentabank Ranger Station. Ranger Martin Winder will be explaining the wildlife that you can see and hear and will also explain what species of ground nesting birds live in the forest.
Special guests are members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and some of their Search and Rescue Dogs Association handlers and their dogs. Nick Smith, a SARDA graded handler, will be there with his dog Woody, and Andy Keen, a trainee handler and his dog Jake.
Kevin Hoines, who is leading the project, said: “The majority of dog walkers are responsible people and pick up after their dog, we want the help of all walkers to report the persons who persistently let the majority down. We will provide a leaflet with a telephone number for the dog wardens who are able to take action, let’s hit these people hard in their pockets; it may encourage them to do the right thing”.
The project has benefited from a grant of £340 from The Police Crime Commissioner John Dwyer, which has funded the posters and clean up campaign.
John Dwyer said: “Re-education is key when it comes to tackling anti-social behaviours such as this one.
“By getting the message instilled into youngsters that it’s important to not commit anti-social acts, they can advise their peers and families to do the same.”
For more information go to www.suttonparish. org. To help with our project email dogfouling@ suttonparish.org.