Dog Fouling

Did you know it is an offence to leave dog faeces behind? If caught, you may be faced with a fine of up to £1,000.

Avoid hanging poo bags on nearby trees or leaving them by the side of the road to collect later. You may unintentionally forget to collect them on your way back. This can be hazardous to horses, livestock and wildlife. 

Did you know:

High cereal content in dog faeces attracts horses when grazing. This can cause a blockage which may be fatal.


  • Many poo bags are non-biodegradable, which can cause long-term environmental harm.

According to Keep Britain Tidy, an estimated 8 million dogs produce more than 1,000 tonnes of mess every day in the UK, which means a soaring amount of plastic waste ends up in landfills when dog poo is disposed of.

  • When purchasing your poo bags, always check that they are biodegradable. You can pick up these environmentally friendly bags from one of our 3 Oak Tree shops based in Carlisle, Wetheral and Keswick.
  • Remember to take your biodegradable poo bags home with you or dispose of in a public dog waste bin or general waste bin.

Our tip for disposing biodegradable poo bags:

  • Use a dog waste only compost bin – this is a great way to provide your garden with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

Avoid placing your dog waste into your normal compost bin which is used to feed your vegetable patch as animal waste contains pathogens which can be harmful.

Other alternatives

If you are out in the countryside and surrounded by undergrowth, you could use the alternative “Stick and flick” method. By carrying out the “Stick and Flick” method, you are ensuring pathways are free from faeces in an environmental friendly way.

Note: This method should only be used in remote areas. Dog faeces should be disposed of using a biodegradable poo bag where possible.

Dog Fouling

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