Dog walkers on Heath limited to four canines

Licenses cost £300 annually for dog walkers who use the park four times or more a week

Monday, 28th March — By Tom Foot

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath

A MAXIMUM of four dogs per person is being imposed on Hampstead Heath as part of a licensing scheme coming into effect on April 1.

The system was given the green light by the City of London Corporation following a consultation with the Hampstead Professional Dog Walkers Association.

Seventy licences will be issued to professional dog walkers who walk four or more days a week. They will have to sign up to a code of conduct and wear an official lanyard.


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The code includes bagging dog poo, ensuring canines do not distress waterfowl and not mixing with other professional dog walkers while on the Heath.

Licenses cost £300 annually for dog walkers who use the park four times or more a week, £180 for those who use the park three days or less. Fines of £80 will be issued to rule breakers.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath Committee Anne Fairweather said: “The number of licences will be kept under review. Additional licences will be considered if they can be issued without the commercial activity impacting on wildlife, the natural aspect of the Heath or visitor enjoyment.”

Dog walkers will have to be insured and agree to behavioural standards to get a licence that will allow them to visit six zones on the Heath.

Fees will go towards the running costs of the Heath, the City said.

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