New park maps to lead dog walkers to nearest bin location

New park maps to lead dog walkers to nearest bin location

by Henry James (June 2022)

DOG owners who walk their pets in Beacon Country Park are being given a helping hand by West Lancs Borough Council, the Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy to make it easier for them to responsibly bin the black bag!

The council has been working with the Dogs Trust on new maps which show where dog mess bins are located in the park for dog walkers.

There are also colour-coded walking routes which clearly mark the length of the walk and direct walkers to the nearest bins to dispose of their dogs’ waste. The bins and signage will be in place until November.

The Walk This Way project is a joint endeavour between The Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy, starting in 2017. This year, the programme has been extended to include just 12 new sites in the UK, including Beacon Country Park.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “We are really pleased to be one of only 12 new sites included in the Walk This Way programme and the new maps and bins will really help dog owners by showing where they need to dispose of their dog’s mess.”

Michelle Moat, community education and engagement officer at Dogs Trust, said: “Previous interventions have shown that by having more bins available, clearer signposting and messaging that ‘Any Bin Will Do’ has dramatically improved the surrounding areas.

“We’re excited by the potential of our new Walk This Way routes and can’t wait to see the improvements it will make. Hopefully it will be a long-term change to the area and make the space more enjoyable for everyone.”

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