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Repairs to Leach Fields fences planned

Three horses removed while fences are fixed


Broken fence alongside footpath 86  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Broken fence alongside footpath 86
Image by North Mymms News
Local police say they have spoken to the owner of the horses that have been escaping from Leach Fields. The animals have frequently been found wandering local footpaths and straying into North Mymms Parish Council's open spaces.

Police officers say they’ve been told that the fences will be fixed and three horses removed while repairs are carried out.

Barbed wire has already been strung across the spot where the horses escaped recently (marked with the red dot in the map below).

Barbed wire strung across escape point close to Moffats Open Space  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Barbed wire strung across escape point close to Moffats Open Space
Image by North Mymms News

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
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 area known as Leach Fields is privately owned and the grazing land rented out.

The adjacent land to the north, known as Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space, are both owned and managed by North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC).

Gobions Wood, to the east, is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Sign in the field at the junction of footpaths 88 and 89  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Sign in the field at the junction of footpaths 88 and 89
Image by North Mymms News

Four public rights of way cross Leach Fields


A number of popular public rights of way cross Leach Fields. All show evidence of horses having been wandering along the footpaths. Hertfordshire County Council’s Rights of Way team has been notified.

Horse grazing in field to the east of footpath 89  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Horse grazing in field to the east of footpath 89
Image by North Mymms News
Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

NMPC continues to receive calls reporting escaped horses in Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space. Both are used by local residents walking their dogs. The issue is raised regularly on the Brookmans Park Community Facebook page.

When NMPC is notified the local authority sends the council grounds staff to investigate, but the council says there is little they can do because it’s not clear from which fields the horses have escaped. The council says any concerned residents should inform Hertfordshire police by calling 101.

Bales of hay have recently been delivered to the field that backs onto house on Bluebridge Road.

Bales of hay in the field to the west of footpath 86  Image by North Mymms News  Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Bales of hay in the field to the west of footpath 86
Image by North Mymms News
NMPC will be discussing the issue of the horses escaping into parish council owned land at the amenities committee meeting on Wednesday 10 April.

The local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sam Griffin, is liaising with NMPC to tackle the problem.

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