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Dog Kills Gosling

If you didn’t know already – you do now: Dogs MUST be kept on a lead around the lake areas.

One of the anglers has had to clear up the mess left behind when a dog attacked and killed a gosling. This is just not on. Not nice for children to witness; not nice for the geese parents to witness and definitely not nice for the gosling that was attacked and killed.
It’s not rocket science.

NOTE: Over the years we have been involved with the park we have had FIVE Black swans killed by dogs not on a lead. That is why we no longer have any black swans in the park.

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Stay off Fitness and Play areas Please

For those that don’t understand the instruction “Do not use the equipment or playgrounds” – hopefully this message should be loud and clear. Thank you DMBC for helping get the message across.

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Rare Griffiti Attack

Friday night saw our first graffiti attack in the last 15 years but the park has always been susceptible to someone having a bad day armed with a can of spray paint.

It is a shame but it is something that we come expect during school holidays

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Dogs On Leads Please………

It’s that time of the year again when we have a lot of goslings and ducklings in the park. So, a request please that dogs owners keep their dogs on a lead near the lake. We were down this early morning checking the new tarmac and saw one owner allowing their dog to chase geese.

The geese can fly off but the goslings can’t. We would remind people it is an offence to allow their dog to worry wildlife in the park.and the area is also subject of a Public Space Protection Order – which means that dogs must be kept on a lead on the paths around the lake. A fixed penalty ticket can be issued in these circumstances. We have asked the council for increased enforcement.

The lake side and childrens play areas are the only places in the park where dogs should be on a lead. This is reasonable, the park is massive and there is room for everyone.

We thank everyone for their co-operation.

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New Trees cut Down by Council.

In 2017 15 healthy and substantial Lime trees were delivered to the old council depot o Barnby Dun Road. They remained there until early 2017 and appeared to have been forgotten.

Early in 2018 FoSP volunteers asked the council what the trees were for and could Sandall park benefit from them if they were not needed. DMBC stated that the trees were destined for a project in Tickhill. The trees remained in the depot throughout 2018.

In February and march 2019 more requests were made to the Council about the trees. Then at the beginning of April 2019 to the horror of our volunteers, they discovered that all 15 of the Lime trees the trees had been sawn off at the base.

The Council claim that the trees would not have survived being planted – we don’t believe them!


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Please Don’t Nick the Daffs………..

It’s THAT time of the year again. Daffs coming up nicely and some park visitors think it is ok to steal them and deprive others of the enjoyment of seeing the park at its best.

The daffodils in Sandall park are not wild – we planted them. That makes them cultivated and subject to the Theft Act. The 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act also makes it an offence.

Do we want people prosecuting? The answer is no – there are far worse things happening in the world – but it is really disheartening to our volunteers who have been preparing the park for spring. We do though ask everyone to be reasonable and leave the flowers for others to enjoy. We actually see parents encouraging their children to take daffodils, previously we’ve also seen park daffodils on sale outside a local house. Not good at all.

Personally I blame the person who decided to put Mothers Day in the middle of the Daffodil season!

Under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, it’s illegal in the UK to:
Pick flowers in public parks or community gardens 
Pick flowers on National Trust property or nature reserves
Pick flowers from roundabouts etc (which are looked after by the council) 
Intentionally pick, uproot or destroy any wild plant without permission from the landowner or occupier.

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