Berwick to host event for dog lovers
Northumberland County Council is running Green Dog Walkers scheme events at various locations this summer, including Berwick.
Green Dog Walkers is a scheme which encourages responsible dog ownership.
It is a community-led programme aimed at reducing dog fouling and promoting responsible dog ownership across Northumberland.
People will be able to sign up to the scheme and there will be a free ‘check a chip’ stand, where you can make sure that your dog is micro-chipped. Each event will include a group dog walk.
The Berwick event is on Saturday, August 18 from 11am to 2pm, with the dog walk at noon. The venue will be confirmed nearer the time.
Those who sign up to the Green Dog Walkers pledge are sent an armband to wear when walking their dog to help draw attention to the scheme.
The council also provides a Green Dog Walkers support kit to local community groups and individuals who want to get involved.
Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “Dog fouling is one of our top environmental priorities and one of the issues most commonly raised with us by residents.
“Green Dog Walkers is intended to be a friendly and non-confrontational approach to changing attitudes to the problem of dog fouling.
“It complements other council approaches across the county including issuing fines when irresponsible dog owners are caught allowing their dogs to foul without picking up after them and educational initiatives promoting responsible dog ownership.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our Green Dog Walkers for their commitment. We have recently signed up our 1,000th member and I hope we get lots more members during 2018 and beyond.”
If you are interested in becoming a Green Dog Walker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/greendogwalkers