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Life-Saving Equipment Repeatedly Stolen from Lodge Lake

25 August 2017

We are disappointed to report that life-saving throw lines have been taken from Lodge Lake in Great Holm four times within the last six months.

The throw lines were installed at two points on the lake in March 2017. They are secured in a box and clearly marked as life-saving equipment that should not be removed.

These throw lines form a key part of our water safety strategy and so their repeated disappearance has been reported to Thames Valley Police as theft, under crime reference number 43170245349.

We would like to urge visitors to the lake who may have seen people using the lines to get in touch; or if they see these lines left elsewhere in the city; the lines are an orange plastic tube with a handle on one end, around 30cm/one foot in length.

Jools Kendall, the Community Ranger who covers Lodge Lake, commented: “We are concerned that these are being repeatedly taken from the lake; their sole use is as life-saving equipment and they are clearly marked as such. Whoever is removing these is potentially not considering the implications if the lines are needed and then are not where they should be.

“As a self-financing charity with over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes to manage, we simply cannot afford to keep buying this equipment only for it to be taken again – in the past where life-saving devices have been repeatedly vandalised or stolen we have had to make the difficult decision to stop replacing them and it would be a real shame to have to do this at Lodge Lake.”



Would you like to star in The Parks Trust’s 2018 Calendar?

We want people who love the parks, woodlands and lakes in Milton Keynes as much as we do to help us create our 2018 calendar.

If you’ve taken a photo you’re proud of while out and about in our green space, whether it’s showing off the wildlife, landscapes or those in the parks, we’d love to see it. We’re particularly looking for images that illustrate the different seasons of the year.

If you have any images you think would be suitable, email to s.featley@theparkstrust.com by Sunday 24th September. Images must be high resolution (300dpi) and of landscape orientation, and cannot be watermarked. When sending your images, please let us know where they have been taken.

Any photos used in the calendar will be credited, and the photographer will receive three copies of the calendar for themselves and friends or family.

We can’t wait to see your photos!


Terms and conditions:

  1. All images submitted must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered. The entrant must obtain the written permission of any people featured in the photographs submitted or their parents/guardians if children under 18 are featured.
  2. Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, and can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc., but may not manipulate the content or add or change colours.
  3. Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to The Trust. However by entering the competition all entrants shall be deemed to grant to The Trust a perpetual and royalty free right and licence to use, reproduce, publish and exhibit the images, and to allow third parties to use, reproduce, publish and exhibit the images, for all or any of the following purposes:
  • Inclusion in all media and publications advertising the calendar
  • Entrants shall also be deemed to grant to The Trust a perpetual and royalty free right and licence to use, reproduce and exhibit the images in any other marketing and promotional materials (including press packs and website) produced by or on behalf of the Trust.
  • Where the Trust or any third party uses any image submitted by an entrant, the Trust shall be entitled to mention the entrant’s name as the author of that image in the same publication where possible. No other personal details regarding the author shall be published without the author’s consent. 
  • No fees will be payable for any of the above uses.
  1. The Parks Trust reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary or desirable in its opinion. The entrant agrees that The Trust shall have no liability for any losses, distress or inconvenience that any entrant may suffer as a result of such cancellation.

Spotted: A New Dragonfly Species for Milton Keynes

Scarce Chaser - male

3 August 2017

At the end of last month, a particular species of dragonfly was spotted for the first time in Milton Keynes at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

The dragonfly in question was a male Scarce Chaser, a beautiful insect with a blue body tipped with black. It is very similar to the more common Black-tailed Skimmer but can be told apart by its thicker abdomen and beautiful, blue-tinted eyes, compared with the dark eyes of the Skimmer.

Martin Kincaid, The Parks Trust’s Biodiversity Officer, said: “I had seen this species before in Norfolk and in Northamptonshire and knew it has been spreading into our area but it was a thrill to see one here for the very first time. This dragonfly does well in wet woodland and ponds with lots of scrubby vegetation so the habitats at Linford Lakes look ideal for it. Hopefully it is the first of many.”

This discovery comes less than a year after the rare Willow Emerald Damselfly was first discovered on Parks Trust land at Tattenhoe; our Volunteer Harry Appleyard has found more here in recent weeks.

Please note that Linford Lakes Nature Reserve is open to the public on an Access by Permit basis. You can apply for an annual permit here: http://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/linford-lakes-permit

Alternatively, why not visit one of the Open Sundays run by the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. These are held on the third Sunday of each month and offer a great opportunity to learn about the great variety of wildlife found at this special site.     

For more information, visit here: www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on