Dog Control Orders extended at Burnham Beeches

The City of London Corporation has agreed to extend Dog Control Orders as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) from 1 December 2017, following a public consultation which found that the majority of respondents backed the proposal.

Dog Control Orders were introduced to reduce anti-social dog behaviour at the site, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve and a European Special Area of Conservation, in December 2014.

The legislation around Dog Control Orders is currently in the process of being repealed by the government which has introduced a new power to make PSPOs.

PSPOs will address all of the matters which were previously covered by the Dog Control Orders. PSPOs must be reviewed every three years to ensure that they are still necessary.

A full public consultation involving animal welfare organisations, the Police, local community groups, site visitors and other members of the public took place earlier this year between April and June.

More information about the results of consultation can be found here - https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/city-commons/Pages/City-Commons.aspx

Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the Epping Forest and City Common’s Committee, said:

“Our decision has protected the future of Burnham Beeches as a place that visitors and their dogs can continue to enjoy whilst remaining an internationally important site for its rare habitats and wildlife.

“The results of the consultation have shown that the majority of people are supportive of these measures and that they have helped to reduce and prevent dog related incidents.”

A registered charity, Burnham Beeches has been owned and managed by the City of London Corporation since 1880. The City Corporation spends over £500,000 a year on the site to conserve the woodland and provide access to the general public. It covers 220 hectares and is best known for its ancient beech and oak pollards and the range of flora and fauna associated with its old and ancient trees and decaying wood.

The City of London Corporation protects and conserves a range of historic and natural green and open spaces for recreation, nature conservation and public health and wellbeing. It protects and conserves 18 major green spaces in London and south east England – including two ancient woodlands - and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile. They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves. They are protected from being built on by special legislation.


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About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles:

  • We support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, makes grants of around £20 million annually to tackle disadvantage across London.
  • We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, the Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important commons in London.
  • We also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and research-driven policies, all reflecting a long-term approach.

See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details.