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Doncaster Fake festival 2019

The 2019 park events diary is filling up nicely and one of our most popular events can now be confirmed: Doncaster Fake Festival on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Full details and bands will be announced in due course. Thankyou to Fake Festivals for the continued support of our park and sponsoring our Junior Ranger initiative.

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Two Awards for Archie!

It has been a great evening at the Doncaster Free Press Superkids Awards and our very own Junior Ranger and volunteer Archie won to awards. well done Archie.

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Wheelchair roundabout up and Running!

After our first Crowd funding campaign the wheelchair roundabout is now in situ and up and running after its launch last weekend. Hopefully this will provide many hours of enjoyment to those who would otherwise miss out.

Our thanks go to EVERYONE who contributed.

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The Fightback has started.

The council and Sandall park Angling club have been working hard together to implemen a plan to comabt the blue/green Algea outbreak. Well done to evryone, at least we are all pulling in the same direction.

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Blue Green Algae in Our Lake! *£!@!

The Angling Club have alerted the council and environment Agency to the possibility of Blue Geen Algae in Sandall park Lake.

The Council have released the following pres release. The park and lake is owned by the council and all inquiries should be directed to them at


Doncaster Council is advising residents to stay away from the lake at Sandall Park following an outbreak of Blue Green Algae.

Visitors to Sandall Park must not go in or near the water, or let their dogs drink or go in the water.

Although the algae in Sandall Park has not yet been confirmed as toxic, potential illnesses from toxic blue green algae include skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain have occurred in people who’ve swallowed or swam through algal scum.

Pet owners should also keep their animals away from affected waters – the algae may also be toxic to animals and can cause severe illness and death.

Councillor Chris McGuinness, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Since the outbreak was identified we have put up warning signs at Sandall Park as a precautionary measure and have been on site to speak visitors about the dangers of going in the water.

“It has not yet been confirmed if the algae in Sandall Park is toxic so we are currently taking full precautions and are working closely with the Environment Agency to investigate further.

“It is vitally important that visitors to the park do not enter the lake or let their dogs drink or go in the water. We do not want to cause unnecessary alarm, however it is better to be safe than sorry.”

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency, said: “Following a period of warm, calm weather, it is not uncommon to see Blue Green Algae. The algae can produce toxins which are harmful to animals and can cause rashes and illness in humans. 

“You can’t tell if an algal bloom is toxic just by looking at it, so it’s safest to assume it is. Keep pets and children away from the water and avoid skin contact with the water or algae. If members of the public are concerned about any algae they can report it to the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

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Save the Ducks – Donate NOW! (Please)

Due to the terrible situation with the condition of the lake, and the devastating impact it had on our duck population, it has been necessary to purchase an aerator to pump the water round the lake. This is in addition to the existing fountain which couldn’t cope with the entire lake. 

The cost of this (£925) has severely depleted our funds which are used to regenerate the park. 

All our funds go back in to the park – we donated over £4000 to the Woodland Adventure Play area phase 1 and substantial amounts to other play areas.

If you witnessed the plight of the ducks (and even if you didn’t) we hope you will help us in our quest to recoup some of this cost. Thank you for your continued support.

CLICK HERE to make a donation.

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