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Garden has the bow wow factor
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is allowing dogs in its grounds for the first time.
Since opening to the public in May 2000, the Garden has only allowed guide dogs on to its 600-acre site, which includes a national nature reserve. But, on Saturday March 9, the doors will be open to all responsible dog owners for a one-day trial.
Curator Simon Goodenough said: “The most frequently asked question by would-be visitors to the Garden is: ‘Are dogs allowed?’ so we are really reacting to public demand by holding this trial.”
Simon said it was clear the Garden should “give the trial day a try” but that there were some basic rules such as dogs being kept on leads, off the flower beds, out of the buildings and that owners clear up after their pets.
“Because we haven’t ever had dogs here, we are asking people to act responsibly and be considerate as we are not geared up for poop scooping.”
Just to make it clear, these are the rules that we would like everyone to observe:
Doggie Day Rules
- Dogs must be on a lead at all times and under the control of their handlers (extended leads excluded if possible). Please do not take your dog off the lead at any time.
- To protect our plant collections, please keep your dogs on the path or on grassy areas. Dogs are not permitted to walk onto planting beds or borders.
- Please be a responsible dog owner, clean up after your pet and take it away – the Garden does not provide dog bins.
- Don’t leave dogs unattended at any time.
- Aggressive dogs are not permitted in the garden. The National Botanic Garden of Wales reserves the right to refuse entry to, or remove, any dog thought to be dangerous to visitors or other dogs.
- Dogs are not permitted to enter any buildings or structures (including glasshouses, restaurant and shop) on site or the children’s play area.
- Dogs in heat are prohibited from entering the garden.
- Most importantly, we ask that you use good judgement on all matters concerning your dog. This will ensure an enjoyable and safe visit for you and your pet.
Not that Simon is expecting any problems, though: “There’s plenty of room for everyone here and plenty to explore. Many of our members and visitors are dog owners and we know they love the Garden and respect what we have here so there’s no reason to think it will be anything other than another fabulous day out at the best garden in Wales.”
The National Trust’s Bodnant Garden recently held a successful ‘doggy day’ trial and are planning a further two.
The National Botanic Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm. There is no entrance fee for dogs.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01558 667149.