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A dogs-on-lead zone could be introduced to Jeskyns woods near Cobham in a bid to cut down on uncontrolled pets.

25 December 2013
by Thom Morris

Jeskyns Community Woodland, Henhurst Road, Cobham

A dogs-on-lead zone could be introduced to Jeskyns woods in a bid to cut down on uncontrolled pets.

The Forestry Commission floated the proposal after recommendations from Kent Police, due to a high number of incidents relating to uncontrolled dogs.

The consultation states: "The aim of the proposal is to provide a part of Jeskyns that everyone can visit with confidence knowing that they should not encounter uncontrolled dogs.

"The scheme allows dogs to remain off lead in all other public areas of site and includes the creation of a Fun Dog Activity Trail.

"It also incorporates measures to enable dog swimming to continue at Henhurst Lake."

Ranger Denise Bird said: “We have received many comments on this proposal, and opinions are significantly divided. Whatever your viewpoint, we do need to make changes at Jeskyns.”

The commission is asking people to take part in a consultation that starts in January.

Mrs Bird added: “This will be an opportunity for everyone to discuss the issues, hear a range of viewpoints and put forward ideas and potential solutions.”

Jeskyns Community Woodland, Henhurst Road, Cobham

Jeskyns is a 360-acre green space near Cobham managed by the Forestry Commission.

Next spring it will also introduce parking charges.

A spokesman said: “Our government funding is being reduced, and it is necessary to raise income from the site. Without income, Jeskyns cannot survive.

“While the new cafe will provide some, we will need to supplement this by charging for parking.”

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