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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Another 30ft deadly tree in the park

One of the new ducks that has grown up a bit has strange colours and is very cheeky




A lot of comments on Facebook about the geese mess by the lake and people with children are complaining it gets on pram wheels and shoes meaning you take it home

Research has shown that the excrement of geese contains a wide variety of pathogens capable of infecting humans and that can also be transferred to the water and air quality. However, the transmission of disease or parasites from geese to humans has not been well documented. The parasites do exist, so the potential exists, and the higher number of geese the higher the potential. But since there are gaps in the research, we do caution that the presence of a disease does not necessarily translate into a threat to public health.

Parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungus that are present in Canada geese

Parasites can cause diarrhea and infection, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems. Three parasites that are a concern to humans are cryptosporidium, giardia and toxoplasmosis.  Infection may occur through eating a goose that is undercooked or drinking contaminated water. Caution should be observed when swimming in any lake, pond or beach area that has a presence of geese.

The bacteria transferred from Canada geese that cause humans concern are chlamydiosis, e-coli, listeria, pasteurella multocida and salmonella. Infected birds can shed the bacteria through feces, nasal discharge and when someone is bitten. Humans normally manifest infection by pneumonia or through a wound.  The presence of e-coli correlates to the temperature, so there is a higher probability of e-coli presence during the month of June rather than February. Unless you are working around Canada geese or involved in feces clean up, the risk of infection can be low.

Canada geese are members of a group of birds that have been known to contract avian influenza. In 2004, researchers confirmed that Canada geese could contract H5N1, and it is an on-going concern that geese can introduce the disease.  There is on-going research to help validate these concerns.

Lastly, histoplasmosis fungus grows in soil enriched with bird droppings, including those from geese. When these contaminated soils are stirred up, the fungal spores can become dispersed and inhaled, thereby infecting individuals. Goose droppings have not been identified as a source for histoplasmosis, however, in light of the conflicting information, we suggest people practice caution when raking, mowing or stirring up soil enriched with goose droppings. It does not appear that goose droppings on sidewalks and other non-soil surfaces pose a risk.

How to proactively protect yourself from diseases that Canada geese carry

As a general rule, keeping a distance from geese and areas frequented by geese will always be the first line of defense in combating any diseases that geese can carry. Individuals with compromised immune systems should be extra cautious.

We suggest the following safety guidelines:

  • Wear protective gloves while working with feces or geese
  • Wash hands after working outdoors around geese
  • Launder work clothes
  • Shower after a day of working outdoors around geese
  • We wash our dogs paws daily at the end of every working day
  • We suggest washing bottoms of shoes at the end of every working day


One of the dead trees that Cheshire east are leaving  to endanger members of the public its over 30 ft and if that comes down it could kill a lot of people if they are close. As per last week post managers have been advised since January but no action is being taken


Coronation walk and the water fall still only works when we have had a lot of rain the rest of the time its dead. When it does work the flow is so slow its not worth having and as it leaves stagnant water its becoming another hazard as its covered in weed, alga and rubbish. If the flow was more and it worked all the time it would be washed away. adding to that when its strimmed all the rubbish goes in the brook clogging it up. The whole stream wants a good clean not a massive expensive job  


If kids get in this what can they catch?



Monday, July 10, 2017

Are Cheshire East Council putting lives in Danger?

Back in February we highlighted the dangers in the park  with dangerous trees with very heavy dead branch's that could potentially kill people if they fell

The Danger was reported to The Park Manger Elaine, George Broughton and Melanie Henniker, from HR  now 5 months later nothing has been done none of the dead trees have been removed the dead branch's are still there. Cheshire East Council has a duty of care to keep visitors safe  from danger which clearly they are failing to do should anyone be killed by falling trees someone could be found guilty of corporate manslaughter. Its hard to predict when dead branch's will fall  but its fact they wont come back to life and fix themselves  this is a public park  visited by children and old people and even small branch’s could cause serious injury or death. You can see in the sample photos that there are dead trees and the branch’s are very heavy and very dangerous. The Lottery funded the renovation on the condition the park was maintained  failure to do so they can demand money back. I am a former head Gardener of a estate bigger than the park and in my professional opinion  the park is a death trap if anyone is hurt they can use this article as evidence of H&S failings.


Above a dead tree which can fall into the road and below look at the size of the dead branch



Coronation walk stream is working at last but its not fixed properly as the design is still at fault the bog garden has now become a nettle garden. Its the same problem they didn't kill the weed before planting just planted in the middle of the weeds would you pay for that at home NO so why hasn't he council got it redone to a descant standard?


Lots of new wildlife in the park for people to see



A nice yellow one these often don't survive as gulls spot them and take them


Other baby ducks get killed as the council fail to put a bit of netting at the end of the lake were duck can fall down and die there is no major cost just a council that don't care about wildlife. New reports about the badgers show that Natural England and Police let work continue as there was to be daily check to see if badgers had returned it now turns out that any random dude from the contractors with no knowledge of badgers was the only check and that was to see if the fence that was only quarter way round the sett had been moved. It would never have been allowed if they new that  


Lots of wildlife now using the waterfall and stream gold crest and gold finch are just a few