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Malvern Hills dog owners invited to ‘walk and talk’ event

Dog owners from across the Malvern Hills are being encouraged to get ‘walking and talking’ at a Green Dog Walkers event next week.

Organised by Malvern Hills District Council, the hour-long walk will be held from 1.30pm on Friday, 31 May, at St Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve, meeting in the car park.

The event, held as part of National Walking Month, aims to get people from Malvern talking and walking. It offers dog owners the chance to socialise with other like-minded people in a positive environment.

Green Dog Walkers is a national scheme which encourages dog owners to take a pledge to clean up after their dog and carry extra dog waste bags.

As part of the scheme, they are also urged to lend a dog waste bag to those without and to be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs.

Those who have not already signed up the to pledge can do so on the day and will receive a badge and dog waste bags.

Jude Allen, Senior Community Environmental Protection Officer at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are pleased to invite local dog owners to take part in our walk and talk event. The Green Dog Walkers scheme is a friendly way of educating and encouraging dog owners to clean up after their pets. Not disposing of dog waste correctly can be harmful to people, animals and the environment.”

Participants must read the list of Terms and Conditions before attending, visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/green-dog-walkers for more information.

Please email communityservices@malvernhills.gov.uk to RSVP.

Pictured: Aimee Smith and her dog Barney are part of the Green Dog Walkers scheme.