Owners urged to keep Bennachie free from dog waste

Pupils from Chapel of Garioch Primary School are teaming up with Forestry Commission Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service to tell people how important it is to clean up after their dogs.

The call to “bag it and bin it” comes after increasing numbers of complaints from other users.

The Commission’s Recreation & Communities Ranger for the area, Emily Holmes, said, “Bennachie is a really beautiful place to explore, whether you are walking, running cycling, horse riding, or exploring with your kids. Children also regularly use this forest with outdoor education classes to explore and learn and to build their confidence in the natural environment.

“However all of this really good activity is being spoiled because some irresponsible dog owners are not clearing up after their animals.

“It’s a basic lack of courtesy and consideration and probably a sign of laziness – especially when free bags are available in the Bennachie centre and there is a bin in the car park.

“Local schools and nurseries, including Chapel of Garioch school, regularly use this forest to explore and learn and to build their confidence in the natural environment. We’re not prepared to put up with dog mess and are urging all dog owners to clean up their act.”

Chapel of Garioch School carried out a litter pick at Bennachie on Tuesday (June 9) as part of their John Muir award. They removed the dog bags that get left on paths and hanging in trees that many people leave behind.