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Leach Fields horse escapes discussed by council

Red and white tape at latest escape route


Image: Broken fence at junction of footpath 86 and entrance to NMPC land Image by North Mymms News Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The broken fence at the entrance to NMPC land
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The frequent escape of horses from Leach Fields in Brookmans Park has been raised at North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC), with concern growing for the safety of the horses and the public on council-owned land.

According to the most recently published NMPC minutes there are also concerns about the welfare of the horses “who do not appear to be well fed”.

The issue is raised regularly by concerned local residents who took the trouble to report the escapes and post about them on Facebook. The escapes have also been covered on this site in recent months, although North Mymms News has not reported on every escape.

At the point where it’s thought the horses escaped recently red and white tape has been strung across the gap in the broken fence. It’s hard to see how the makeshift barrier would stop a horse, although it appears that the horses have since been removed from that particular field at the north of Leach Fields.

Broken fence at junction of footpath 86 and entrance to NMPC land
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The owners of the horses have been contacted by police and council staff each time they escape, but the problem continues.

According to the minutes from the February meeting of NMPC “councillor James Bentall will send out messages to those concerned.”

However, since that meeting there have been at least three escape of horses from Leach Fields resulting in the animals wandering into Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space.

Horses also straying along local public footpaths


There are four public rights of way around and through Leach Fields. They are North Mymms footpaths 86, 87, 88, and 89, shown below.  The section of broken fencing where the horses escaped on the last occasion is shown with a red marker on the map below.

Image: Map of footpaths around Leach Fields with escape point top right  Created on Map Hub by North Mymms News  Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Map of footpaths around Leach Fields
Red marker shows location of broken fence
Map created on Map Hub by North Mymms News
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
The fences around certain fields appear to be in good condition, but elsewhere they have been broken and the repairs appear flimsy.

Fencing along footpath 86
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Image: Fencing along footpath 86 Image by North Mymms News Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Fencing along footpath 86
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Image: Fence repairs along footpath 87 Image by North Mymms News Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Fence repairs along footpath 87
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There is evidence that horses have been wandering along all four public rights of way. These footpaths are narrow and edged with barbed wire fences and hedgerow.

Image: Horseshoe marks along footpath 86 Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Horseshoe marks along footpath 86
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Image: Manure along footpath 89 Image by North Mymms News Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Manure along footpath 89
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If you see any escaped horses please report it to the local council and message this site by using the contact form at the bottom right of any page. If you are able, and if it is safe to do so, please consider taking photographs and sending them to this site.

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