Pennine Waterways News

Thursday 25 March 2010

Okay - Poo's Done This?

Canal towpath walkers and boat users will no doubt have seen trees and hedges that are festooned with plastic bags containing dog droppings.

Now British Waterways is appealing to dog owners to stop this practice. BW says the canal towpath, and the countryside in general, is becoming increasingly littered with the discarded bags.

BW "took the lead" today and, together with the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance group, dressed a canal-side tree on the Rochdale Canal with plastic bags to illustrate the problem.

BW's top dog, Robin Evans, commented: "It is great that people are picking up after their pet, but why put something that is biodegradable into a bag that isn’t and then chuck it into the nearest hedge? It just doesn’t make sense. Our message is simple, if you’re a dog owner visiting a canal or the countryside in general, clear
up after your pet and then dispose of the bag properly."

The "Dog Poo Tree" next to the Guillotine Lock in Todmorden. Photo: BW

Louise Harrison of Upper Calder Valley Renaissance, said: "Here in the Calder Valley we have some of the nation’s most beautiful countryside and it is barking
mad that people insist on spoiling it in this way. Hopefully the shocking sight of a beautiful tree entirely decorated with bags of poo will remind pet owners just how silly it is to discard of their dogs’ mess in this way."

BW points out that dog faeces normally takes just weeks to biodegrade, but plastic bags can take anything up to 500 years.



  1. Thank god someone is highlighting this, it's a disgrace across the country. If dogs leaving presents were not bad enough when they were flicked into the bushes to make a sunny walk smelly enough, now they're on display. I can only presume that owners see the "biodegradeable" tag on the bag and think it magically vanishes in hours. Idiots.

  2. This is disgusting and dog owners should be fined for putting shit on tree's. If they put dog sit bins at certain places along the canal then this wouldnt happen would it.

  3. Just make the offenders clean befouled kids' trainers with their tongues.


Please feel free to comment on this item.

If you do not have a Blogger/Google etc account, then please click on "Name/URL" and type in your name or nickname.

If you have no URL you can leave that part blank.

Please do not post as "Anonymous".