Trees savaged by dogs in Leavesden Country Park

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Features Writer

A number of newly planted tree saplings in Leavesden Country Park have been savaged by dogs.

Offending dog owners are increasing their pets’ ferocity by encouraging them to break off pieces of tree bark and baiting their dog until it tears the strip from the trunk. The animal then attacks tree after tree until it the trunks are left bare in parts, leaving them open to disease and damage.

More than 30 apple trees were planted in Leavesden Country Park last year by park ranger Martin Brooks and several helpers from local primary schools.

Following a savage attack by dogs over the past few weeks, about seven of the trees now remain.

Roger Seabourne, councillor and chair of Three Rivers crime and safety partnership, said: “We have been very encouraged by the fact that crime has been falling across the district.

“In the past year crime fell by 12 per cent and is still the lowest in Hertfordshire.

“This makes the damage to the newly-planted apple tree saplings on the south side of the park all the more disappointing.

"The park ranger, along with many young volunteers from St Michaels Catholic High School and members of the county council probation service, have just completed vital environmental regeneration works, which will help make the area more visible, providing for even better safety and help to further prevent anti-social behaviour.

“The work will also encourage the growth of some native trees and hedges."

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12:29pm Sat 28 Nov 09

watfordboy3 says...

The situation with people owning pit bulls and staffies is now becoming dangerous, I live near 2 parks in north Watford, Callowland and Harebreaks, young people with thier status symbol dogs who have no idea about pet ownerhip meet in both (dont get me wrong there is nothing wrong with Pitbulls or Staffies, just some of the owners are a few brain cells short, it is how you treat a dog is how it will behave) I own 2 dogs, both laradors, I have to go to these parks at certain times of day because of these morons. It wont be long in Watford before a dog is killed or a child attacked, I would rather see a headline "Youths arrested for dog cruelty" Rather than "Trees Savaged by Dogs"
The situation with people owning pit bulls and staffies is now becoming dangerous, I live near 2 parks in north Watford, Callowland and Harebreaks, young people with thier status symbol dogs who have no idea about pet ownerhip meet in both (dont get me wrong there is nothing wrong with Pitbulls or Staffies, just some of the owners are a few brain cells short, it is how you treat a dog is how it will behave) I own 2 dogs, both laradors, I have to go to these parks at certain times of day because of these morons. It wont be long in Watford before a dog is killed or a child attacked, I would rather see a headline "Youths arrested for dog cruelty" Rather than "Trees Savaged by Dogs" watfordboy3
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1:20pm Sat 28 Nov 09

the main one says...

The headline "Trees savaged by dogs in Leavesden Country Park" is wrong!!!
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It should read "Idiotic brain dead dog owners responsible for letting their dogs savage trees in Leavesden Country Park"
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You can't blame the dogs, pitballs and staffies can be gentle dogs, it is the owners who turn them into wild beasts. Most of the owners are brain dead hoodie wearing morons who see the pitballs and staffies as trophy dogs, no doubt there are on drugs as well, meaning they don't even realise what they are doing.
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Police could easily solve this problem by checking on all the pitball or staffie owners they see, if they suspect drugs are being used they can charge the owner with that, and order the dog is put into the proper care of responsible owners.
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Please don't get me wrong, some owners of pitballs and staffies are 100% responsible, but they are having to suffer the stigma of the morons.
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I would suggest to the morons that they consider the upset they are causing to the primary school kids who helped with planting the trees, but unfortunately most of them wouldn't be able to do that due to total lack of brain cells!! Even Homer Simpson has more cells!!! DUH!!
The headline "Trees savaged by dogs in Leavesden Country Park" is wrong!!! - It should read "Idiotic brain dead dog owners responsible for letting their dogs savage trees in Leavesden Country Park" - You can't blame the dogs, pitballs and staffies can be gentle dogs, it is the owners who turn them into wild beasts. Most of the owners are brain dead hoodie wearing morons who see the pitballs and staffies as trophy dogs, no doubt there are on drugs as well, meaning they don't even realise what they are doing. - Police could easily solve this problem by checking on all the pitball or staffie owners they see, if they suspect drugs are being used they can charge the owner with that, and order the dog is put into the proper care of responsible owners. - Please don't get me wrong, some owners of pitballs and staffies are 100% responsible, but they are having to suffer the stigma of the morons. - I would suggest to the morons that they consider the upset they are causing to the primary school kids who helped with planting the trees, but unfortunately most of them wouldn't be able to do that due to total lack of brain cells!! Even Homer Simpson has more cells!!! DUH!! the main one
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4:27pm Sat 28 Nov 09

IanFBram says...

Somebody must know the times of day when these irresponsible, idiotic dog owners show off their dogs in the parks. Why don't the police mount a campaign to catch them in the act and stop the whole sorry saga?

A little pro-active policing would be more effective than chasing evidence after the event, that is, if anyone bothers to follow up these acts of vandalism before the victims are people or other dogs rather than lovingly planted trees.
Somebody must know the times of day when these irresponsible, idiotic dog owners show off their dogs in the parks. Why don't the police mount a campaign to catch them in the act and stop the whole sorry saga? A little pro-active policing would be more effective than chasing evidence after the event, that is, if anyone bothers to follow up these acts of vandalism before the victims are people or other dogs rather than lovingly planted trees. IanFBram
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4:53pm Sat 28 Nov 09

gusgreen says...

Don't expect the police to do anything that means they have to get off their fat a***s and out of the car to try and get to the root of this problem.
Remember also that there are no bad dogs only bad owners, unfortunately the powers that be will not let us put these owners down - cannot understand why!
Don't expect the police to do anything that means they have to get off their fat a***s and out of the car to try and get to the root of this problem. Remember also that there are no bad dogs only bad owners, unfortunately the powers that be will not let us put these owners down - cannot understand why! gusgreen
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11:40pm Sat 28 Nov 09

IanFBram says...

gusgreen wrote:
Don't expect the police to do anything that means they have to get off their fat a***s and out of the car to try and get to the root of this problem.
Remember also that there are no bad dogs only bad owners, unfortunately the powers that be will not let us put these owners down - cannot understand why!
I totally agree. I just knew I didn't have to say it, someone else would. Pity not enough people do say what you have said, only with persuasive diplomacy.



[quote][p][bold]gusgreen[/bold] wrote: Don't expect the police to do anything that means they have to get off their fat a***s and out of the car to try and get to the root of this problem. Remember also that there are no bad dogs only bad owners, unfortunately the powers that be will not let us put these owners down - cannot understand why![/p][/quote]I totally agree. I just knew I didn't have to say it, someone else would. Pity not enough people do say what you have said, only with persuasive diplomacy. IanFBram
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3:22pm Sun 29 Nov 09

the main one says...

IanFBram wrote:
gusgreen wrote: Don't expect the police to do anything that means they have to get off their fat a***s and out of the car to try and get to the root of this problem. Remember also that there are no bad dogs only bad owners, unfortunately the powers that be will not let us put these owners down - cannot understand why!
I totally agree. I just knew I didn't have to say it, someone else would. Pity not enough people do say what you have said, only with persuasive diplomacy.
Unfortunately, it is the English way to sit back, keep quiet and take it on the chin.
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Not enough stand up for what is right, they accept government policy and get walked all over.
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Immigration is an prime example of this, the Labour government decided we should have an influx of immigrants, and the British public just sat back and let it happen. In private, they complained about it to friends and family etc... They didn't dare mention it in public for fear of being classed as 'racist'. However, the recent rise of the BNP shows that we are starting to realise that we can do something about it. We can speak out by voting against Labour and for someone prepared to challenge the situation. Remember, it is not 'racist' to talk about immigration, and it isn't 'racist' to want England to return to being the proud country it once was. The BNP may have some outrageous policies, but they are saying out loud what most of us are privately thinking, and their rise has even forced Labour to review their view of immigration.
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Just as you can speak out against immigration, you are free to speak out on other matters, including criticism of the Police in dealing with simple matters efficiently. There used to be a time when you would see your local bobby every day, he would be friendly but effective in his duties, because he knew the community. No doubt if that system was in place now, the dog owners would be known to the local bobby and the matter dealt with quickly. Of course, these days you only see the Police when something happens, and it would be amazing to see any of those Policemen/women again at the next incident.
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I might only be fairly young, but even I can see how much things have changed in recent times. Services are reduced, while charges are increased. Crime has increased, while Police presence has reduced. Also, I can't actually believe it when I hear older immigrants (who came here in the 1950s to 1970s) complaining about the "number of 'bloody' immigrants that are around". All in all, it is a sad state of affairs. You see our government (usually in the shadow of America) going to destroy dictators all around the globe (e.g. Saddam), yet here we (the British public) are having to accept the dictatorship of the same government - how screwed up is that?
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Back to this story: It is not hard to identify who the dog owners are and what time they generally visit the park, any member of the public who sees the damage happening could give a description of the dog and owner to the Police, but most know it is not worth it because the Police won't do anything about it. Surely, the Police Community Support Officers could include the park as part of their patrol, thus showing visual presence and deterring the moronic dog owners from causing further damage.
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I feel it is time the British public stood up for themselves, and tell this government what we really want, in my view a return to the old ways of life is the way forward - bring back parents ability to discipline their children, bring back the cane at schools, bring back the local bobby, bring back the good services at reasonable costs. We will would all be better for it - and so would those trees!!
[quote][p][bold]IanFBram[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gusgreen[/bold] wrote: Don't expect the police to do anything that means they have to get off their fat a***s and out of the car to try and get to the root of this problem. Remember also that there are no bad dogs only bad owners, unfortunately the powers that be will not let us put these owners down - cannot understand why![/p][/quote]I totally agree. I just knew I didn't have to say it, someone else would. Pity not enough people do say what you have said, only with persuasive diplomacy. [/p][/quote]Unfortunately, it is the English way to sit back, keep quiet and take it on the chin. - Not enough stand up for what is right, they accept government policy and get walked all over. - Immigration is an prime example of this, the Labour government decided we should have an influx of immigrants, and the British public just sat back and let it happen. In private, they complained about it to friends and family etc... They didn't dare mention it in public for fear of being classed as 'racist'. However, the recent rise of the BNP shows that we are starting to realise that we can do something about it. We can speak out by voting against Labour and for someone prepared to challenge the situation. Remember, it is not 'racist' to talk about immigration, and it isn't 'racist' to want England to return to being the proud country it once was. The BNP may have some outrageous policies, but they are saying out loud what most of us are privately thinking, and their rise has even forced Labour to review their view of immigration. - Just as you can speak out against immigration, you are free to speak out on other matters, including criticism of the Police in dealing with simple matters efficiently. There used to be a time when you would see your local bobby every day, he would be friendly but effective in his duties, because he knew the community. No doubt if that system was in place now, the dog owners would be known to the local bobby and the matter dealt with quickly. Of course, these days you only see the Police when something happens, and it would be amazing to see any of those Policemen/women again at the next incident. - I might only be fairly young, but even I can see how much things have changed in recent times. Services are reduced, while charges are increased. Crime has increased, while Police presence has reduced. Also, I can't actually believe it when I hear older immigrants (who came here in the 1950s to 1970s) complaining about the "number of 'bloody' immigrants that are around". All in all, it is a sad state of affairs. You see our government (usually in the shadow of America) going to destroy dictators all around the globe (e.g. Saddam), yet here we (the British public) are having to accept the dictatorship of the same government - how screwed up is that? - Back to this story: It is not hard to identify who the dog owners are and what time they generally visit the park, any member of the public who sees the damage happening could give a description of the dog and owner to the Police, but most know it is not worth it because the Police won't do anything about it. Surely, the Police Community Support Officers could include the park as part of their patrol, thus showing visual presence and deterring the moronic dog owners from causing further damage. - I feel it is time the British public stood up for themselves, and tell this government what we really want, in my view a return to the old ways of life is the way forward - bring back parents ability to discipline their children, bring back the cane at schools, bring back the local bobby, bring back the good services at reasonable costs. We will would all be better for it - and so would those trees!! the main one
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1:10pm Wed 2 Dec 09

Mike Watford says...

It just goes to show you can't be too careful!
It just goes to show you can't be too careful! Mike Watford
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4:03pm Wed 2 Dec 09

CaptainPC says...

The Main one...You are mad aren't you? I mean I'm as racist as the next bloke, but this is a story about dogs and you've gone on a rant about immigration.

Here's a fact for all you liberal, hand wringers....THERE ARE BAD DOGS!

I had a pitbull once, I sent it down the road to get a paper and it came back chewing a welly. I smashed its' head in with a hammer.



The Main one...You are mad aren't you? I mean I'm as racist as the next bloke, but this is a story about dogs and you've gone on a rant about immigration. Here's a fact for all you liberal, hand wringers....THERE ARE BAD DOGS! I had a pitbull once, I sent it down the road to get a paper and it came back chewing a welly. I smashed its' head in with a hammer. CaptainPC
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1:06am Fri 4 Dec 09

the main one says...

CaptainPC wrote:
The Main one...You are mad aren't you? I mean I'm as racist as the next bloke, but this is a story about dogs and you've gone on a rant about immigration. Here's a fact for all you liberal, hand wringers....THERE ARE BAD DOGS! I had a pitbull once, I sent it down the road to get a paper and it came back chewing a welly. I smashed its' head in with a hammer.
CaptainPC:
rearrange these letters to make two words (4-3): fyuocuk
then rearrange these letters to make two more words (4-3): foufcfk
then rearrange these letters to make YOU: ahroslee
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: The Main one...You are mad aren't you? I mean I'm as racist as the next bloke, but this is a story about dogs and you've gone on a rant about immigration. Here's a fact for all you liberal, hand wringers....THERE ARE BAD DOGS! I had a pitbull once, I sent it down the road to get a paper and it came back chewing a welly. I smashed its' head in with a hammer. [/p][/quote]CaptainPC: rearrange these letters to make two words (4-3): fyuocuk then rearrange these letters to make two more words (4-3): foufcfk then rearrange these letters to make YOU: ahroslee the main one
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