Pick It v Stick and Flick

The other day while up on the fantastic Orley Common which is just outside of the village where I live I saw a mum with two young children picking purple wild orchids and wild daisy’s.

Now collecting flowers for mum is a quaint thing to do and especially during half term. 

And fair play to mum for taking the kids outdoors play on the common and in the woods.

The problem is that I believe in the old saying that when you go into the countryside you should leave nothing but your footprints and take nothing except your memories.

The survival of an ancient wood and grassland that places like Orley Common provide are for the pleasure of everyone and quite rightly need to be protected.

It is what nature provides and is meant to be available and enjoyed by everyone and that means wild flowers that should be left alone and not “taken home”

Put simply wild flowers are there for all to see and enjoy.

Having quoted the old countryside code it seems very strange that the latest advice on one of my pet subjects, picking up dog poo is to stick and flick it rather than pick it up.

On the face of it it may appear sensible advice mainly because you would have to be remarkably strange to enjoys seeing dog poo bags hanging from trees or hedges waiting for the poo bag fairy to descend from doggy heaven and remove it.

But I also have an issue with the “stick and flick” brigade even though it is definitely kinder to the environment than plastic bags.

But isn’t the latest advice just pandering to those disgusting dog owners who cannot be bothered to pick the dog poo up and deposit it in an appropriate bin?

The reality is that every day the 9 million dogs in the UK produce an estimated 1,000 tons of – let’s call it what it is – dog shit.

No one is asking dog owners to pick up other people’s just their own and if they don’t then I fully support them being prosecuted and fined.

The reality is dog poo can carry the Toxicara worm which can spread to humans – though this condition is very rare.

So let’s enjoy our environment.

All it takes is a little responsibility, a little thought for others and those who will be the generations to come after us.

What a difference it would make if everyone picked up their own rubbish, or decided when out on a walk to pick up a carrier bag of rubbish.