Coun­try park lake sealed off due to deadly algae

Blooms will even­tu­ally clear up on their own

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By He­len Fair­ley

A lake has been sealed off af­ter an or­gan­ism that can kill an­i­mals and trig­ger skin rashes in hu­mans was found grow­ing in the wa­ter.

The main lake at Con­ning­brook Lake Coun­try Park has been closed to the pub­lic fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of blue­green algae, which was found to be re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of three dogs in Dart­ford last month.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) said the En­vi­ron­ment Agency had car­ried out tests and ad­vised the lake be shut, although the coun­try park it is lo­cated in re­mains open.

Kent Wildlife Trust has also moved the cat­tle at Con­ning­brook, as they some­times stand in the wa­ter, as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, ABC’s port­fo­lio holder for leisure said: “The pub­lic should be re­as­sured that we have acted as quickly as pos­si­ble. It is dis­ap­point­ing that the lake has had to close but we must act on the ad­vice given to us”

Vis­i­tors have been warned not to go in or take part in any ac­tiv­ity on the lake and to keep dogs on leads.

Hu­mans may de­velop a skin rash if they come into con­tact with the algae and be­come very un­well if they in­gested it in large quan­ti­ties. It is very harm­ful to an­i­mals.

The algae blooms, which can be trig­gered by a num­ber of fac­tors, are a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring

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Blue-green algae, which can be fa­tal to an­i­mals, has been found grow­ing in the wa­ter at Con­ning­brook Lake coun­try Park

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