Home­made dog share sta­tions an ACE idea

Com­mu­nity groups join forces in fight against dog foul­ing through­out An­gus

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Graeme stra­chan

Dog share sta­tions have been de­vel­oped in An­gus as com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to fight the county’s lit­ter scourge.

Com­mu­nity groups have been in­no­va­tive in the way they have de­signed and pro­moted their home­made sta­tions which are up and run­ning in Easthaven, St Vigeans and at Kep­tie Pond in Ar­broath.

The dog share sta­tions are part of a cam­paign to in­crease aware­ness and re­spon­si­bil­ity among dog own­ers fol­low­ing the An­gus Lit­ter Sum­mit.

Wendy Mur­ray, from An­gus Clean En­vi­ron­ments (ACE), said: “Vol­un­teers in many com­mu­ni­ties across An­gus are en­gag­ing with dog own­ers to raise aware­ness about the se­ri­ous is­sue of dog foul­ing.

“Some­times it’s about a con­ver­sa­tion and on other oc­ca­sions it’s about shar­ing bags with walk­ers and hand­ing out bis­cuits.

“The idea of dog share sta­tions de­vel­oped be­cause com­mu­nity groups gen­er­ally don’t have the fund­ing to main­tain a free sup­ply of bags for dog walk­ers.

“The idea of the home­made ones are that mem­bers of the pub­lic con­trib­ute and take own­er­ship of them by keeping them topped up with bags. WENDY MUR­RAY

“Com­mer­cial dog sta­tions are very ex­pen­sive, not just to buy, but also to main­tain.

“The idea of the home­made ones are that mem­bers of the pub­lic con­trib­ute and take own­er­ship of them by keeping them topped up with bags.”

The Easthaven con­struc­tion also hosts a dog bis­cuit box; the one from St Vigeans is made out of ev­ery­day items; and the sta­tion at Kep­tie Pond links with the theme of “flower bikes” con­nect­ing the town.

The An­gus Lit­ter Sum­mit group is now dis­solved and the new ACE group has been es­tab­lished to act as an um­brella group for all those in­volved in try­ing to re­duce waste and lit­ter.

Other work in the fight against foul­ing in­cludes re-en­er­gis­ing the Green Dog Walk­ers scheme which now has a new Face­book page for peo­ple to sign up.

Flora Cairnie, founder and co­or­di­na­tor of Carnoustie Ca­nine Capers, said: “The idea is to help keep our streets, parks and beaches free from dog lit­ter.

“The key mes­sage is ‘bag it and bin it – leave only paw­prints’.

“In­di­vid­u­als sign the pledge which does not cost any­thing.

“They agree to carry ex­tra poo bags. “If pledgers see some­one who is not pick­ing up, they can of­fer them a poo bag.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, if a dog walker has for­got­ten a poo bag, the per­son can ask the pledger for one. It is friendly and non-con­fronta­tional.”

Carnoustie Ca­nine Capers reg­u­larly raise funds to pur­chase biodegrad­able poo bags and those who sign up are given a bag of 50.

gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Reid.

Wendy Mur­ray and her pets at one of the new dog sta­tions at Easthaven.

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