Following the Exhibition in Matthews Hall last year, where there was strong support for creating a dog-free area for children and families, the Trustees consulted other community land organisations and concluded that children (especially from the local schools) would not use the land if there was any danger of contamination from dog waste. The Trustees therefore decided that they had to divide the land and exclude dogs from part of it. This has been achieved by extending the hedge between the two fields and adding gates. The dogs are free to run around in the upper field but not in the lower one or copse. We had to include the copse because it is hoped that the children will play there (there are already materials for dens etc) and it is not feasible to separate it from the lower field.