British design, made here in the British Isles


With Crufts 2017 winners announced and discarded poo bags festooning our woodlands and hedgerows debated on Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show and a Conservative MP flicking soggy rolls and eclairs with sticks around the BBC studio to test the 'flick and stick' policy preferred by the Forestry Commission, my thoughts are firmly on dogs!

Dogs are a man's best friend and are frequently found trotting up and down our dog friendly Battle High Street (the trained obedient ones), or straining against their leads with owners in tow, seeking out shopkeepers with doggy treats.

We love to accessorise our pooches. Just as Harris Tweeds (for centuries the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra have woven this world-famous cloth) have become very popular in the production of human accessories, they are also becoming fashionable for our doggy friends too, adding to the plethora of leather and fabric options. 'BlossomCo', in rural Leicestershire, designs and manufactures collars and leads in bright combinations of Harris Tweeds with high quality fittings.

An estimated 1,000 tonnes of dog poo is produced by Britain's eight million dogs every day (says the Keep Britain Tidy group). As their 2010 high-profile campaign stated: 'There's no such thing as the dog poo fairy', and as #flick and stick' will not do for doggy doo-doo in our towns, we still need poo bags! Harris tweed doggy poo bag holders made by 'Bertie Girl' in Scotland are innovative and quirky and can be clipped to key rings and dog leads.

If all this talk of doo-doo is messing up your day, consider your pet shampoo. Human shampoos can upset a pet's skin as they are too acidic. 'WildWash' shampoos, especially formulated in Somerset, are as natural as possible with no chemical nasties, so kind to pets, their owners and the environment. Their shampoo for pale coats will lighten your pet's coat beautifully and naturally without stripping it, or harming the skin.

Paula Williams, Founder of BRITISH design BRITISH made, 64 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AG, helping you to buy British.