Reader's Letter: Dog Pooh bags on Lindow Common

Litter is a massive problem for us all and has been an ongoing nightmare during this pandemic. Because of this I felt I must forward these photos of some of the dog Pooh bag on Lindow Common last Sunday which even appalled my young grandchildren.

There are rubbish collection bags at every entrance / exit and I am at a loss to see why dog owners can't see how they are destroying this beautiful ancient beauty spot that they obviously use and enjoy themselves by leaving used bags around like this.

Please dog owners, clean up after your dogs ,dispose of it in the bins provided or even better take it home and let's all enjoy our outdoor spaces free from other people's rubbish and help our environment.

Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Carole Thornton
Tuesday 6th April 2021 at 7:13 pm
I take my 2 dogs onto The Common regularly and I always use poo bags. I do feel very angry when I see dog dirt on paths. If it is in bushes I do feel it should be left as a compost. Flat areas or near trees which you know children climb should be clear of poo. There are however only 2 bins that I know of. One situated at the main entrance and a black bag on one of the entrances located on Racecourse. There are 4 other entrance/exit points which as far as I know, have no poo bag disposal facility. If there're more bins or black bags I'm sure there would be less poo and less used poo bags.
David Smith
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 2:20 pm
Message for dog owners:

If disposing of your dog's poo is so difficult in the normal, accepted way, take a small garden trowel with you. After the 'event', scoop it in a bag, dig a hole about 6-10 inches deep in remote soft ground and bury it.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 8th April 2021 at 12:14 pm
Compost in the bushes!!!!!! Put it in a bag (plastic?) and bury it. NO NO NO. Take the mess home, put it in a bin or let it use your own garden as a toilet rather than inflicting the mess on others. All part of the selfishness of owning a "man made climate emergency" contributor, (if you believe the hype). £500 fine first offence, ban on animal keeping second offence is the partial answer.
We were described by Landseer as a nation of livestock keepers not animal lovers and I have never quite understood the desire to grope and kiss a furry, four legged animal that keeps licking.....
Jon Williams
Thursday 8th April 2021 at 3:28 pm
It's not a good idea to bury dog waste. It's a point source of pollution that can spell big trouble for soil and water quality, and even human health if it's buried too close to vegetable gardens or waterways. Dog excrement contains nasty pathogens like Giardia, Salmonella, and E.18
David Smith
Sunday 18th April 2021 at 9:43 am
Read what I wrote:
"IF disposing of your dog's poo is so difficult in the normal, accepted way".
Burying it would be better than leaving it to be troddnormalen on etc and much better than hanging in the bushes.
In any case what happens to it when taken home? Into the black bin and then to the tip where it eventually seeps into the ground and the waterways or perhaps to a vegetable garden nearby.
I would think that a deep enough burial would slowly see nature degrade it safely in a timely fashion otherwise after hundreds of years of keeping dogs that until recently just pooed wherever they wished - we would by now be suffering epidemics of the diseases that Jon Williams describes.
Perhaps some of our viruses come form such a source? I doubt it but who can say?
I do agree that kissing a dog when it regularly licks it own and other dogs’ bums is a dreadful habit to justify no matter how perfect the owner might be.