I met with the charity War Dogs Remembered and Ester the winner of the Royal Borough’s Young Bright Ideas Competition last week. Ester came up with the idea of a dog activity trail that would help get people out and about as well as giving dogs an activity trail to follow.
We have agreed a plan to build a dog activity trail in Victoria Park later this year. This will involve building around 8 doggy activity items (tunnels, hoops etc) that help dogs exercise . These will mainly be at the northern end of the park where we will extend the footpath.
The activity trail will be dedicated to dogs that have served in the military. War Dogs Remembered will work with Alexander First and other schools in the area to share knowledge of the work dogs have undertaken, some paying the ultimate price for their service.
Some of the funding for this project will come from the War Dogs charity, but additional support will come from RBWM.
I have made a commitment as part of our local manifesto to secure extra funding for Victoria Park (this will mainly be used for an outdoor gym, five a side football and work to fill in some of the drainage gaps). I will also be setting a project with the MoD and TVP to introduce lighting at Victoria Park after it has been introduced at Osgood Park.
I would like to get local people involved in this project- please get in touch if you would like to help. In the meantime you can get more information about War Dogs Remembered through their website http://www.wardogsremembered.org.uk/