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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Walkies! Get fit walking your dog – the responsible way

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Cheshire East Council is encouraging dog owners to get fit in our beautiful country parks – and learn more about doggy ‘dos and don’ts’ in the countryside.

The Council’s countryside ranger service and community wardens’ team is working in partnership throughout April to highlight the benefits of a walk with your dog in the countryside – while spotlighting our dog ‘code of conduct’.

As part of this month-long project we will focus on four countryside sites managed by the countryside ranger service – Astbury Mere Country Park, Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Macclesfield Riverside Park and Tegg’s Nose Country Park.

Community wardens will be patrolling these sites during April and engaging with dog walkers. Visitor centres will be displaying educational information about some of the issues associated with dog fouling and the importance of the following the dog code of conduct, when visiting country parks and the countryside.

As part of this campaign, in partnership with the Dogs Trust, we are also able to offer FREE dog chipping and registration at four roadshows across the Borough:

· Thursday, April 3 – 11am to 3pm – Astbury Mere Country Park - Sandy Lane, Off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR;

· Thursday, April 10 – 11am to 3pm – Macclesfield Riverside Park, Beechwood Mews, off Manchester Road, Tytherington, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL;

· Thursday, April 17 – 11am to 3pm – Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP;

· Friday, April 25 – 11am to 3pm – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU.

Rangers and community warden staff will be handing out an information ‘flyer’ sheet during the project.

Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of environment, said: “These roadshows are a great opportunity for dog owners to learn more about our

dog-walking ‘code of conduct’ while visiting our stunning country parks and getting fitter in the fresh air.

“Health experts recommend that we all get at least 30 minutes’ exercise a day – and this is something that everybody can achieve by a daily dog walk in the countryside.

“Responsible dog ownership, such as clearing up after your animal and control of your pet near wildlife, is really important for ensuring that everyone can enjoy our fantastic countryside to the full.”

The community wardens are also launching a new survey, which we are asking visitors to our parks to complete, both online and in person at the roadshows, to gauge people’s feelings about the Council’s use of dog control orders.

To complete the survey visit:  http://cheshireeast.dog-control-orders.sgizmo.com/s3/

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