Calls for responsible dog behaviour at Lennox Forest

Forestry Commission Scotland is taking steps to encourage responsible dog behavior at Lennox Forest, especially from local dog walking companies.

The Commission is urging dog walking companies to keep better control of dogs in their care and pick-up and remove dog mess.  The move comes following a high volume of complaints from the public on the number of dogs being walked in large groups by dog walking companies several times a day in Lennox Forest.

Forestry Commission Scotland community ranger, Andy Gallacher said:  “If you are a dog owner and are using a dog walking company, we urge you to ensure that the dog walking company or individual adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for dog walking.

“We are working with local authorities on patrolling and issuing fines at the woods in order to encourage responsible dog behaviour.  We encourage the public to report specific issues direct to us.

“The woods should be enjoyed by everyone.  This is a real issue that needs to be resolved quickly.”

The community ranger is attending Campsie Community Council meetings in order to discuss the issue and find a solution and is meeting local dog walking companies to discuss a code of good practice. 

David Carlin, Chairman of Campsie Community Council, commented: “The public’s main concern is the number of dogs that dog walking companies are walking at any one time.  One local reported over 20 dogs coming out of a dog walking company’s van for a walk in Lennox Forest. 

“This can be very intimidating and is depriving locals and walkers from visiting the woodland.  We are appalled by the mess of the woods that dog walking companies are leaving.”

Check the Outdoor Access Code for dog walking for more information. 

If you would like to report an issue, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact him at Scottish Lowlands Forest District on 0300 067 6700.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.