Dogs will now have to be kept on their leads in one area of an award winning park.
A trial scheme is being introduced by North Tyneside Council at Northumberland Park in North Shields.
Running until October 1, dogs are requested to be kept on a lead in the central area of the park near to the Bowling Green, Visitor Centre and outdoor cafe area, medieval garden and the children’s sculpture trail.
The park – which underwent a £5m renovation funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and North Tyneside Council – has been acknowledged as one of the best parks and open spaces in the country after being awarded the prestigious national Green Flag for its beauty and environmental excellence by Keep Britain Tidy.
North Tyneside Council has designated the central route though the park as a ‘Dog Lead Area’ and is requesting owners to keep their pets on leads that are no longer than two metres.
The council hopes this will prevent dogs from causing a nuisance by running through the water features and flower beds, disturbing the wildlife and approaching visitors and children who may be afraid of them. It will also decrease the amount of uncollected dog dirt in the area as owners will have their pets with them.
Signs and maps marking the boundaries of the scheme will be placed along the route and a feedback system will be put in place to collect visitor comments.
Well behaved dogs will still be welcome off lead in other parts including the extensive woodland area.