Ticks have been reported in the park. Their numbers are increasing throughout the UK and they are now prevalent in city parks including, it would seem, this one. They are ineradicable and sadly it looks as though we will have to learn to live with them. The price is vigilance.
For a helpful source of information visit https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2014/03/24/tips-and-tricks-to-stay-safe-from-ticks/
If taking part in weeding sessions or clean ups when you are likely to be in among grasses and weeds and under trees – ticks’ habitat – it will be a good idea to dress protectively. Wellies with trousers tucked in are ideal (certainly not bare feet in sandals) and long sleeves. The Friends of the Park will provide gloves, which we can line with disposable gloves for hygiene, but if you have gloves, bring your own. Check skin and clothing for ticks when you return home and deal with any ticks you may have picked up as advised in the Public Health England blog above.