Getting the most from your canine companion

July 22, 2014

Responsible dogOur Animal Welfare Officer, Claire, works to ensure the well-being of all animals in the borough. As a nation of dog lovers, many of us share our homes with a four-legged friend, but owning a dog is a big responsibility. Here, Claire provides us with 10 top tips for being a responsible dog owner.

  • Your main responsibility is to provide your dog with a safe and loving home.
  • Make sure your dog is not left alone all day, if they have to be left on their own ask a friend or neighbour to check in on them.
  • Regular exercise is essential for your dog and good for you too! Make sure your dog has at least two walks a day.
  • You need to be able to trust your dog with other animals and people. Training classes are available and are good way to socialise your dog with others.
  • Dogs need a balanced diet to keep them fit and healthy. Always make sure your dog has access to fresh water.
  • Your dog will need regular trips to the vet for vaccinations, worming and flea treatments. You will also need to groom them and regularly check their teeth, ears and nails.
  • Neutering your dog will safeguard against unwanted puppies. It can also bring health and in some cases, behavioural benefits.
  • When outside of the house, your dog must wear a collar and tag with your name and address on it.
  • You should also consider microchipping your dog. A microchip is a small capsule about the size of a grain of rice. The implantation is a quick and painless procedure that should hurt no more than a vaccination.The chip carries a unique identification number, which is linked to your details. All lost pets handed into rescue centres or vets are scanned, so if your dog is microchipped, there is a much higher chance that you will be reunited.
  • Remember that it is an offence to let your dog foul in a public place and not clear it up. Always make sure you have bags with you, so you can leave our streets and open spaces clean.

For advice and further information on our Animal Welfare Service, visit our website, email or call 020 7926 8860.

Engage Lambeth team up with Park Plaza Hotels to give local park a boost.

August 12, 2013

Park Plaza staff volunteering at Archbishop's Park

Park Plaza staff volunteering at Archbishop’s Park

Park Plaza County Hall, a major Lambeth employer approached Engage Lambeth to help them find a practical community project for a team of motivated volunteers to get involved with. Engage Lambeth run Team Challenge events that can lead to more sustainable, on-going partnerships between businesses and community organisations.

Friends of Archbishop’s Park look after a small open space that is right on the doorstep of Park Plaza County Hall. This park is an incredibly valuable resource for the local community and is one of Lambeth’s 11 Green Flag Award-winning parks. The Friends of Group were incredibly keen to develop a partnership with Park Plaza, and to get some extra support with key tasks in preparation for the summer.

The volunteer team worked hard all day gardening and planting to improve the environment of Archbishop’s Park. It was a great opportunity for them to give back their local park and to work together as a team to make a difference.

As a local business we fully appreciate all our green spaces and were delighted to give something back to the wonderful community of Lambeth. Engage Lambeth were a fantastic support in finding us a suitable volunteer opportunity. Thanks for your help and hard work!

April Martel, Park Plaza Hotels

Funding available for local community environmental projects

February 3, 2012

Lettuce growing in reused tyresWestern Riverside Environmental Fund (WREF) is offering funding for projects that promote environmental improvement in Lambeth.

Grants are usually in the region of £5,000 to £25,000 and are available for projects with a focus on the following:

  • The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or public amenity where it is for the protection of the environment. For example, pocket parks and seating areas, play areas, open spaces on housing estates, churchyards and community gardens.
  • Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species or habitats.

Applications for the next round of funding must be in by 27 February 2012.

For more detailed information and an application pack, please visit the WREF website.