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Widespread dog fouling in Londonthorpe wood highlighted with paint

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Visitors to Londonthorpe wood in the past week will have found the paths and surroundings dotted with hundreds of fluorescent paint marks.

However while these luminous markers might be distracting, they are actually highlighting something far more unpleasant.

Members of conservation charity the Woodland Trust have been busy patrolling the area and spray painting any dog poo they come across.

They have decided to go to these unsual lengths because of the extent of the problem, with those taking part in thescheme finding a staggering 207 deposits during their latest site visit.

The Trust hopes that by spray painting the dog mess, owners will see the level of fouling and be encouraged to clean up after their pets.

Londonthorpe’s 153-acre wood is a mixture of newly wooded areas and meadows, but the Trust is concerned that its appeal is being ruinedby the amount of dog waste.

Ian Froggatt, site manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Londonthorpe wood should be a wonderful place for families to enjoy, but there are countless piles of poo left in the wood.

“We are happy for dog walkers to use the site, but leaving dog waste is spoiling the wood and can have health and safety implications as well. For example, roundworm is a parasite commonly found in dog waste and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil for years. This is a real concern when inviting parents with young children to the wood.”

Moreover, the issue has persisted despite the presence of a dedicated bin for dog waste, which a group of local dog walkers helped to fund and take responsibility for emptying themselves.

Alongside the spray paint, which has no lasting effect on the wood as it washes away with the rain, are signs reminding dog walkers to keep the area clean.

Over the coming weeks, the Trust will revisit the site to see whether its message is getting through to local dog walkers and the level of waste left is reduced.

 

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