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I don't mind small areas being left to fallow for a bit and sown with wildflowers. That bit of Ealing Common looked super last year. But other than Cadbury's Flake style photos, there's not a lot that it can be used for.Ticks, Fleas and Lice are a big problem.Borage, a lovely but virulent plant is popping up in Lammas park and Walpole park. Great for bees but has leaves that cause easy skin irritations and trigger inflammation to those who have certain types of arthritis.There are a few other ground plants that weave into grass which both chokes the grass but is not too good if in contact with skin.There are certainly far more dogs locally than ever before. The new must have accessory. But owners are far more responsible than decades ago. But both Dog and Fox urine is toxic as well as faeces. It's not ideal for such large parts of the parks to be used as lavatories. At least with short grass faces can be spotted and removed and hat's off the the vast majority of owners who diligently do that.But urine?  Only a light watering can deal with that. Dogs are not to blame nor are responsible or diligent owners.It's the poor management of facilities that stands out.Policies using a fad as cover to simply eve proper maintenance and save a few quid are de rigour in these parts. Gunnersbury Parks renowned variety of rare wildlife has been wiped out by foraging Dogs and the trampling of the better parts of it's grounds from events. More to do with poor management of the Parks facilities than the owners.The long established, now removed golf Course may well have been a man  made creation but since the 1960s has been a haven for very rare species and the only place I have seen hedgehogs, SlowWorms and Natterjacks ( with no pond in sight!) in the last few years. Turning it into a dog walkers area where they forage has been reckless. Especially as the management chose to ignore the risk warnings and paid a conservationist to report what they wanted to hear as justification.Now they want to destroy the Bowling Green and it's long established shrubs and herbaceous borders for a plastic Crazy Golf Course.Pure greedy environmental vandalism.

Raymond Havelock ● 137d

So its out of bounds for hay fever suffered and those with allergies who cannot use parks, Ok for animal faeces to go undetected, Ok for children to risk toxoplasmosis or risk serious eye infections from faeces?Not maintaining the park grass will leave lumps and clumps.Not much good for games, walking and simply sitting down and picnicking.So it's OK for litter to lurk in the long grass, including broken glass and crushed cans and those little gas canisters.?OK for someone else to have to clear up and OK for us all ultimately to have to pay for the extra labour and costs?There are a dozen quite valid and common sense reasons why Urban Parks are manicured, mostly health based. And why there are manicured parks in rural areas too. For the very same reasons. Carefully designed to avoid irritant vegetation and to maximise variety of use. From playing bursts of colour and planting to varieties of trees and shrubs, placing walks and space to play and sit safely.Ideas that spawned from an era of increasing densification of urban life, plagued with TB, Bronchitis, and many ailments, seriously nasty pollution and scrubland and heathland that was not much use other than for grazing and wildlife.Daisys and Buttercups also grow in abundance in cut grass. If you have ever lived in the countryside then you will know that that lovely view is not quite so lovely when you stray into it. You have to be careful, fit and very able. It's usually following tracks and enjoying views, but thats about all you can do without being tooled up.  A park you should be able to just walk to at any time and enjoy any way. Not have to go there when the pollen count is low or with hiking boots and protective clothing.

Raymond Havelock ● 138d