Access is an important issue for dog owners, who must continue
to be able to exercise their dogs off lead in their locality. The
Kennel Club has recently been involved in a joint project with the
National Farmers Union to help them engage with dog owners and have
taken part in an event where a Kennel Club representative focussed
on best practice by local authorities when looking at access. In
addition to this we continue to campaign on the unfair restrictions
at Burnham Beeches.
Partnership with National Farmers Union (NFU) for dog
walkers in the countryside
Crufts marked the launch of a joint project between the Kennel
Club and the NFU to make signage for dog walkers in the countryside
more engaging, friendly and accurate to help farmers, livestock and
dog owners alike.
Kennel Club participation in 'Best Practice Day' for
We were delighted to take part in an event ran by East Hampshire
District Council on dog ownership where we focussed on Best
Practice for local authorities and other organisations regarding
access considerations when looking at dog control in the community
and gave advice to local authorities on how to engage better with
dog owners. If you work for a local authority putting on a similar
seminar and would benefit from this advice please contact email@example.com.
Burnham Beeches Dog Control Orders
Despite the Kennel Club's best efforts, the City of London
Corporation (CoL), who regrettably still introduced sweeping Dog
Control Orders across 540 acres of woodland at Burnham Beeches,
near Slough in Buckinghamshire on 1 December 2014. We are still
exploring several legal avenues to see if the restrictions can be
overturned. If anyone is given a fixed penalty fine at Burnham
Beeches for dog control, or parking on Park Lane or along the
roadside or car park at Pumpkin Hill, do get in touch with us as
soon as possible by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Burnham Beeches Facebook group has also been set up by local dog
walkers, who were key to raising the profile of these unjust
restrictions with local politicians and the media. If you have any
difficulty joining and would like to, then please contact email@example.com.
Many of the problems we now face about restrictions on dog
walking would not exist if dog-friendly greenspaces were provided
and protected when new homes are built; we know there will be a dog
living in around a third of all new houses.
Two years ago at Crufts we launched the UK's first guidance for
local councils to help them plan for dog ownership, in partnership
with Hampshire County Council and the Whitehill and Bordon
Eco-town. In the past three months, our team has attended several
meetings and responded in detail to two England-wide government
consultations about planning, so that needless conflict can be
designed out from the start. European laws also require good
planning for dog ownership in new homes near wildlife sites. In
partnership with Hampshire County Council we are organising a
seminar for council planners on dog ownership this Autumn; you can
find our current planning guidance at: www.dogfriendlyhousing.org.uk.