Poo-pooing the poo policy
This is just a casual reminder to everyone who walks their dog on our sites across the Forest of Marston Vale – we appreciate that the Forestry Commision’s ‘Stick and Flick’ campaign works for them, but it is not something that we encourage!
Their sites are (typically) more rural than ours. Our sites are close to urban areas, with pathways and cycle tracks that need constant maintenance. If every dog walker threw their dog poo in a bush, it would all get splattered back on the next poor contractor/staff member/volunteer who had to do a bit of mowing or brush cutting. This obviously happens already from time to time, but it isn’t great (as you can imagine) and we definitely think everyone using our sites should be bagging and binning their dog poo, without exception.
Of course, flicking it in a bush is a lot better than leaving the bag hanging out for the ‘dog poo fairy’ to collect- but realistically if you’re walking the dog, you should be prepared and have poo bags. Next time you’re walking your dog on our sites without poo bags and are tempted to ‘stick and flick’, just imagine having dog poo splattered all over you whilst brush cutting. That should do the trick!
Tags: countryside, environment, Forestry Commission, stick and flick