DOG-OWNERS BLAMED FOR “DECIMATING” WINDSOR GARDENS FLOWER BEDS

Wildflower beds in Windsor Gardens as they looked in late July

Wildflower beds in Windsor Gardens as they looked in late July

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 .

rvative Plymouth Ward) examines the trampled remains of the flower beds which had given pleasure to so many local residents and visitors this summer

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) examines the trampled remains of the flower beds which had given pleasure to so many local residents and visitors this summer

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 .

Something - or someone - has trampled the flowers intro the ground - even though many are still in bloom

Something – or someone – has trampled the flowers into the ground – even though many of the cultivated wildflowers were  still in bloom

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.

Although the gates of Windsor Gardens are locket at night - someone appears to have lit a fire in the park - possibly using wood ripped from a nearby park bench

Although the gates of Windsor Gardens are locked at night – someone appears to have lit a fire in the park – possibly using wood ripped from a nearby park bench

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.

 

 

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23 Responses to DOG-OWNERS BLAMED FOR “DECIMATING” WINDSOR GARDENS FLOWER BEDS

  1. Jan says:

    To be fair I’ve seen young men trample through the beds too

  2. W.Jenkins says:

    What about the pier dogs allowed now
    Fouling along the entrance to the pavilion cafe!!!!!
    Crufts at the Pier👎

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would have thought more likely to be people rather than dogs who tend to follow “paths” through undergrowth and therefore would probably avoid flowerbeds once that height in bloom (dogs will however do their business alongside the flowers which I thought this article was going to blame them for)

  4. tomtom says:

    Copers back on the beat- walking? Proper policemen outside all day?

  5. Julia says:

    I walk my dog through the park every morning and she is not allowed to go through the beds. Councillor Clive Williams should put his efforts into ensuring that the neglected park benches are replaced or renovated. The last shoddy repainting of the shelter at the top of the beach hill involved painting the shelter without repairing the rotten wood at the base of the shelter. I am not impressed by the self interest of these long serving and complacent Councillors, of all parties, do very little to improve the quality of services and facilities, for us residents in Penarth ie parking in town centre, decimation of the trees, lack of floral displays on the roundabout in central Penarth and the appalling quality of the roads, including the ‘patch up’ jobs completed year after year. It is too cushy for them. Is there anyone out there who is prepared to take over with a fresh outlook? I am sure there is!

  6. Danny Oakentrode says:

    Some of these ‘dogs’ are leaving footprints from size 11 Doc Martens.

  7. Mgg says:

    The pictures seem to show one section about 3to 4 ft wide trampled on. hardly the whole bed . I saw an alien spacecraft around there lately , perhaps its the start of a crop circle . More likely than a dog flattenning that much .

  8. Doggone says:

    Would have to be a dog the size of several large people to make that much impact. In any event, as Anonymous has already pointed out, dogs follow set, scented pathways and generally steer clear of anything which could do their undercarriage some damage.

  9. renminbi says:

    park keepers, anyone? even if the tories sold off their former cottages and we’d have to charge a small fee to visitors it’d be worth it.
    am beginning to think that vog wants us to begin to think that parks would be managed better if put into trusts.
    as for dogs, of course they should be under control, as should infants, teenagers and older folk. they, radios, smokers and fishermen should be banned
    from tbe pier too, not out of spite, just courtesy.

    • Ralf says:

      “as for dogs, of course they should be under control, as should infants, teenagers and older folk. they, radios, smokers and fishermen should be banned
      from tbe pier too, not out of spite, just courtesy.”

      Those old folk definitely need to be kept under control.
      So let me get this right – according to you only middle aged people who don’t smoke’ listen to the radio or fish are the only people allowed on the pier.

  10. sjleworthy says:

    Jeez, those must be bloody great big dogs to trample that lot down

  11. Andrew Worsley says:

    I agree with you entirely Julia and well said , I myself have criticised the Council many times on their shoddy and negligent behaviour and total lack of priorities . As for the Police , do we have any Police in Penarth any more ??, hobby bobbies or the real ones??? no wonder vandalism etc is on the rise in Penarth, iv’e not see the Police of any description for at least 3 months , oh I tell a lie I have seen the odd Police van trundle past on some nights . Nice to know we live in that has a Council not up to the job, and the Police failing to do theirs in a satisfactory or meaningful fashion the vandals in and around the two must be shaking in their boots !! along with the flytippers etc etc ..

  12. Georgie says:

    Although they lock the park in the night and I think the park workers do a grand job, “people” get into the park at night via the Remerbrance Garden

  13. Martin Coffee says:

    It’s a pity that Plymouth Park’s wild flower beds got into a sorry state so quickly!

  14. Freddie says:

    I’ve seen a group of dogs drinking cans of Carling inside the park at night after the gates have been locked…it must be them.

  15. Andrew Worsley says:

    Its as plain as the nose on your face it was vandals not dogs , but im glad have people have realised that but nothing will be done about it or done to prevent a repeat performance this or next year. Same with the inconsiderate kite flyers .

  16. Concerned Citizen says:

    Plymouth Park is at Penarth Marina and the wildflower areas are indeed a sorry site as are those at Alexandra Park and elsewhere in the Vale, even without dogs or vandals! The flowers look beautiful when planted, but soon the grasses overwhelm them and by year 2 there there are no poppies and by year 3 nothing of colour at all. I am told by someone who knows about these things that they need to be carefully managed to ensure the more delicate flowers are not smothered, but there has been no follow up management at all.

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