Burnham Beeches

The Kennel Club continues its fight against the proposals at Burnham Beeches.

The City of London consultation launched in June is now closed. The proposals are to introduce the below five orders:

  1. Schedule 1: Picking up fouling across the whole site
  2. Schedule 2: Dogs on lead all year round across 59% of the site
  3. Schedule 3: Dogs on lead by direction
  4. Schedule 4: No dogs area
  5. Schedule 5: Maximum number of dogs

We have submitted our consultation which outlines our concerns over the proposals, predominantly over Schedule 2's proposal to restrict off-lead access on 59% of the woodland.

The KC Dog team has never seen such an unjustified attempt to restrict where dog walkers go and what they do. There are wildlife sites across the UK with greater sensitivities but have fewer restrictions than those being proposed at Burnham Beeches. Even Natural England, the government advisor on the natural environment, have said that they cannot find justifiable evidence to support these dog control order proposals.

These proposals may also affect dog walkers in different areas as they could set a precedent for future restrictions on other City of London land, including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath and Ashtead Common.

The KC dog team has written to local councillors, local businesses and dog walkers to gain their support in our attempt to overturn these proposals.

We have also conducted a survey on dog owners who walk their dogs at Burnham Beeches; click here for the results.

As mentioned, the consultation is now closed, but if you haven't had a chance to express your concerns, you can still send an email to these committee members:

For more information, please visit http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/access-for-owners-and-dogs/restrictions-at-burnham-beeches/

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