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Thank You for Clearing Up after Your Dog

Troopers Hill is very popular with dog walkers and we know that most are responsible owners and clear up after their dogs. Many also help keep Troopers Hill looking its best by picking up litter.

Unfortunately a small minority do not pick up and as a result dog mess is the biggest complaint raised by visitors to Troopers Hill.

Friends of Troopers Hill are pleased that so many people enjoy walking on Troopers Hill with their dogs. As an acknowledgement of their help in looking after Troopers Hill we organise a 'Family Fun Dog Show' each year with free entry. Photos from the 2011 Dog Show can be seen here. The 2012 Dog Show will be held on Sunday 14th October from 2.00pm.

"I'm sad to say that there was dog faeces everywhere and I couldn't let him run ahead and enjoy himself for fear he would run through, or worse, fall in some. My disgust peaked when I wheeled my baby's buggy through some. I know the area is used by many responsible owners but I'm just not happy to let my child run there. It's such a shame that a few lazy people spoil such a lovely place in this way." - Troopers Hill visitor by email.

Troopers Hill should be a space that everyone can enjoy safely, it is not 'a dog walking area' it is a space for wildlife and people. Troopers Hill is a great place for children to play, they should be able to run around, roll around or slide on cardboard without the risk of getting covered in mess.

If all dog owners clear up after their dogs and ensure that their dog is always under control then everyone will benefit.

"It was lovely, and the sun shone throughout. I could have done without putting my hand in dog poo though" - Work Party volunteer

Please Bag It and Bin It

 Did you know? - Bagged dog poo can be put in any litter bin - not just dog waste bins.

Please help make Troopers Hill a space that everyone can enjoy by continuing to 'bag it and bin it' and by encouraging others to do the same.

There are 4 dog mess bins on Troopers Hill LNR at entrances. There are additional bins on Troopers Hill Field. All bins are emptied twice each week.

If you find you are short of dog poo bags these are available from Julian our Park Keeper and from Friends of Troopers Hill at our events. If we are not around then ask another dog owner, responsible owners carry more than they need just in case.

"Every time your dog fouls, 'bag it and bin ití - whether it is in a park or a roadside gutter. Remember, the rain does not wash the problem away, as some lazy, anti-social people think." - The Dogs Trust

Please Report Irresponsible Dog Owners

It is an offence for a dog owner not to immediately clear up after their dog has fouled anywhere on Troopers Hill LNR, Troopers Hill Field, Troopers Hill Woods and most open areas in Bristol including pavements and all parks. Dog fouling left on the ground by irresponsible dog owners is not only unsightly, it is unacceptable and is against the law.

"The regulations state specifically, that being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after your dog" - Keep Britain Tidy

To report an irresponsible dog owner please call 0117 922 2500 or email dog.warden@bristol.gov.uk with the following details:

BCC Location (where on Troopers Hill / street name or other park name)
 Description of owner
 Description of dog; breed, colour, size
 Specific times of day (if known)
 Car registration number if applicable

Dog fouling offenders can be issued an £80 fixed penalty notice or prosecuted. Maximum penalty £1,000

"It is every owner's duty to clean up after their dog. There are no excuses. Fouling is unacceptable" - The Dogs Trust

2012 Clear Up Campaign

Bristol City Council Parks Department is working in partnership with Friends of Troopers Hill on a Dog Fouling Clean-Up Campaign.

In December 2011 and January 2012, dog faeces that had not been picked up in particular "black spots" on Troopers Hill was spray-painted by the Parks Department. This was to highlight the issue of irresponsible dog walkers.

Posters have now been placed at various entrances to Troopers Hill, to highlight the campaign. The Council will now be taking enforcement action against dog walkers who do not clear up after their dogs.

 Reactions to the Dog Fouling Clear-Up Campaign >>

"I hope that in 2012 no dog walkers are fined for dog fouling because they will all have cleared up after their dogs." - Susan, Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill.

Posters to Download

 Children will put anything in their mouths...

 This neighbourhood says NO to dog fouling

More Information

 www.bristol.gov.uk/dogwarden >>

 Keep Britain Tidy - Dog Fouling >>

 Keep Britain Tidy - Dog Poo Fairy >>

 Keep Britain Tidy - Poo Bag Carriers >>

 The Dogs Trust: The solutions to dog fouling >>

If you have any comments on this issue please get in touch with Friends of Troopers Hill or Bristol Parks
- details are on our Contact Page.

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