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Dee Dee launches cleaner canal towpaths campaign

Crufts Best in show Whippet ‘Dee Dee’, owned by Mrs Lynn Yacoby-Wright
of Stockport, Cheshire, shows the way

As part of a nationwide drive to improve visitors’ enjoyment of its 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, British Waterways is launching a cleaner towpaths campaign with the help of Crufts 2004 Best in show, ‘Deedee’, the whippet.

Half the population of Britain lives within five miles of an inland waterway and each year some 4.6 million visits are made by people enjoying the pleasure of a waterside towpath walk, including many dog owners with their pets.

Eugene Baston, British Waterways’ customer relations manager, explains: "We welcome responsible dog owners and want more people to enjoy our waterways, so we’re installing 1,000 new dog waste bins at popular towpath access points across the country and asking dog owners to clear up after their pets to help keep the waterways special for all.

"Millions of people visit the waterways each year to enjoy their unique blend of heritage, wildlife and leisure. People visit by boat, on foot, on bikes, for fishing or to exercise their dogs, but dog mess is consistently among the most frequent complaints made by visitors."

To raise awareness of the campaign and encourage people to pick up after their dogs when visiting the inland waterways, packs of poop scoop bags will be given out by British Waterways and posters will be put up at key canalside locations across the country.

For information on ‘dog-friendly’ waterways sites across the country, contact British Waterways’ Customer Service Centre on 01923-201120 and ask for the free leaflet Water ways to exercise your dog, produced in association with the Kennel Club, or visit, on the UK’s first comprehensive online leisure guide to Britain’s rivers, lakes and canals.

The new dog waste bins are sponsored by animal health company, Bayer. In the Manchester area, new dog waste bins are to be installed on the Rochdale Canal at the popular sites of Dale Street Basin, Piccadilly and at Castlefield.