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Tree dressed in bags of dog poo in anti-litter campaign

The "poo tree"
British Waterways wants people to bin the bags they collect after their dog

A tree has been decorated with plastic bags filled with dog waste, in a bid to highlight the problem of owners leaving non-biodegradable bags in hedgerows.

British Waterways and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance group dressed a tree by the Rochdale Canal on the Lancashire and West Yorkshire border.

The bags are often discarded in the countryside, British Waterways said.

Owners are collecting their pet's faeces but not following the Countryside code and taking them away.

Robin Evans, chief executive of British Waterways, said: "It is great that people are picking up after their pet, but why put something that is biodegradable into a bag that isn't and then chuck it into the nearest hedge.

"It just doesn't make sense. Our message is simple, if you're a dog owner visiting a canal or the countryside in general, clear up after your pet and then dispose of the bag properly."

Louise Harrison, project co-ordinator for Upper Calder Valley Renaissance, added: "Hopefully the shocking sight of a beautiful tree entirely decorated with bags of poo will remind pet owners just how silly it is to discard of their dog's mess in this way."

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