Local residents are blaming dog owners for allegedly allowing their pets to “decimate” displays of wildflowers sown in Windsor Gardens – overlooking Penarth Esplanade.
Two beds of wildflowers were sown this summer in the park – using seeds specially supplied by Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew – and by the end of July were almost in full flower .
Now Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) says he’s been contacted by a local resident who says she has seen dog owners using the park with their pets – apparently oblivious of where their unleashed animals are going and allowing them to wander unrestrained amongst the flower beds .
Cllr Williams says it’s “not the dog’s fault” . It is – he says – the fault of the “irresponsible dog owner, not obeying fundamental issues of keeping dogs” .
There are, however, also signs of human vandalism in the park.
At least two park benches have had planks torn off them and scorchmarks indicate signs of a recent campfire having been lit on the pathway and the grass.