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Motorbikes Rip Up The Park

It happens every so often and it did again last night – motorbikes and a quad bikes ripping up the grass in the park.

Firstly if anyone see’s this happening (it was early evening yesterday) please ring 101 (Police) or the council Neighbourhood Response Team on 01302 341628 (out of hours) and report it. On the other hand if you know who these people are please feel free to PM us with details – we usually get a result!

These people do not travel for miles to ride round Sandall Park.


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Rain Equals More litter

We don’t think it would take a great deal of research to find out why when it rains the parks car parks see an increase in litter.

02-01-16This last week has been a classic example – fast food in the car and rather than get wet doing the right thing they chuck the litter out of the car window. Appalling!

If you don’t want to get wet – take the bloomin’ litter home! Simples.

There has been a very interesting debate on our Facebook page on this one about who is responsible and how can it be prevented.


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Not Smart – Also Pretty Stupid…..

The season of good will appears to have passed us by! The infamous poo tree has flowered again. Unfortunately this species is becoming more familiar – not just in Sandall Park but across the country (our colleagues in other parks report the same species).

20151220_141127Botanical research has shown that it ‘flowers’ when dog owners pick up when they think they are being watched……. and then tie or throw the dog poo bag (and contents) in a tree or bush.

The problem is that it is even more difficult to dispose of than if they had not picked up in the first place.

There is more intelligence in our pond life!


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Not Smart – In Fact Pretty Stupid…..

Doesn’t happen very often (thankfully) but we’ve had a bit of damage – only a little in the greater scheme of things, but annoying nonetheless. 

20151220_141956The old photograph on the information board near the bog garden has been destroyed. Shame really as it brought so much pleasure to so many people.

We’ll replace it of course – lasted four years before this damage so all being well it will last another four years.

The cost isn’t too annoying – it is the fact that we could be doing so much more productive things with our time.

Any information would be appreciated.


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Dogs Worrying Wildlife

To the couple who this afternoon thought it was OK for their two dogs to chase and harass the wildlife in the park – well it’s not!

In answer to the question “Who cares – you don’t know where I live”……. Answer: We don’t need to – we’ve got your registration number………!

The photo’s, video, and statements (including independent witnesses) have been sent to the authorities.

IMGL0679 Black Swan Lakeside 2013 5184 x 3456 DERRICK BEWELL  THORNEFor the record – we have had five black swans and cygnets killed by dogs due to behaviour such as yours. Two offences: 1) Dog not under control 2) Allowing your dog to worry wildlife. Simples!

We don’t like doing this but someone has got to look after the wildlife and support the majority of dog owners who take their dog ownership responsibilities seriously.

Side note: Apparently we’re ‘F….g do gooders’. Yup OK and proud of it!

The relevant post on Facebook has been viewed by more than 14,000 people, ‘Liked’ by 440 people and with 35 supportive comments we reckon most people would view the action taken as appropriate.


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Pongy Corner – A Plan……..

Yeah – we know that ‘Pongy Corner’ is an embarrassment.

Pongy Corner July 2015It has to be dredged every couple of years but it is particularly bad at the moment with the water level so low. Plans are in hand to have it ‘sorted’ again soon. It is not as easy as it may appear because as well as the cost there are environmental issues to consider as well.





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