Dogs in the Botanical Gardens

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Dogs in the Botanical Garden Survey 

At the November 2019 meeting of Horsham Rural City Council it was resolved to conduct a survey to gauge public sentiment on the issue of allowing dogs in the Horsham Botanic Gardens. The survey is to be conducted over 28 days in February 2020. The survey will provide Council with information to make a decision about this issue.

People can participate in any one of the following three ways:

  1. an online or if preferred, a paper copy of the survey;
  2. face-to-face interview of Botanic Garden users undertaken over 4 randomised days in February
  3. face-to-face interview  of dog owners at ‘off leash dog areas’ in Horsham over 4 randomised days in February

The same number of surveys will be undertaken at both the dog parks and the Botanical Gardens. Hard copies of the survey are available at the customer service desk in the Civic Centre.

Take the survey

Background

  • Currently, Horsham Botanic Gardens is a “No Dogs Permitted” area. This decision does not apply to seeing-eye and other assistance dogs.
  • Council initially reviewed the issue of dog access to the Gardens on 4 April 2016 and at that time decided to maintain the “No Dogs” status.
  • In 2019, the Domestic Animal Management Advisory Group requested that the decision be reviewed. The Advisory Group has requested access for dogs, provided they remain ‘on lead’ and ‘remain on existing pathways’ whilst in the Gardens.

Advice provided by Council Operational staff and Community Safety is that there would be some cost implications if dogs were permitted in the gardens. These would be: the cost of enforcing dogs on lead, staying on paths and off gardens and; the maintenance and upkeep costs resulting from the soiling of gardens and grassed areas.

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.The survey closes at 5 pm on Saturday 29 February.