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National Trust could install 3ft ‘wee poles’ to stop dogs urinating on historic buildings and trees at handful of sites across the country


  • The urine will permeate deep into the ground by gravel being place underneath

The National Trust is planning to install 3ft ‘wee poles’ to prevent dogs from urinating on historic buildings and trees, according to reports.

Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire and Attingham Park in Shropshire are among a ‘small handful of sites’ that will see the wooden posts trialed on their grounds.

Large amounts of dog urine can change the acidity of soil which causes damage to plants and the surrounding area.

Gravel will be placed under the oak poles so the urine permeates deeper into the ground instead of sitting on the surface.

It is hoped the pheromones released in dog urine will then encourage other dogs to relieve themselves at the same point.

Large amounts of dog urine can cause damage to soil by changing its acidity

Large amounts of dog urine can cause damage to soil by changing its acidity

The 3ft oak 'wee poles' will be trailed at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire

The 3ft oak ‘wee poles’ will be trailed at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire

Signs will be put up alongside the poles  to explain their purpose, the Trust told the Telegraph

It comes as the charity is facing pressure from their members to allow dogs roam free on their grounds and surrounding properties. Almost half, 43 per cent, of the membership own dogs.

The Trust said it is trying to strike a balance between dog owners and those who want the sites to be dog-free. 

The Trust has banned all dogs, apart from assistance canines, from nearly all their historic houses over concerns they will damage the furnishings. 

Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales, is the sole exception to this rule and the Trust said they have no plans to extend this to other sites. 

Attingham Park in Shropshire is also set to have the 3ft poles trialed on their grounds

Attingham Park in Shropshire is also set to have the 3ft poles trialed on their grounds

Project manager Ceinwen Paynton said: ‘We know lots of our members have dogs and we want them to be able to get out and enjoy themselves. 

‘We’re currently looking at a range of solutions to help balance access for dogs with measures to look after the environment. “Wee poles” are one example. We haven’t yet installed these, but we plan to trial them at a small handful of sites.

‘Dog urine is, of course, perfectly natural, but in high amounts it can increase the acidity of the soil and affect plants and the surrounding environment. This is an inexpensive and simple way to help us look after these places, while still making sure dog owners feel welcome.

‘We’re also improving dog-friendly trails, providing more waste bins and wash-down areas, and creating dog-free spaces for wildlife, livestock and visitors.’



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