Flygrazing fields passed to council

Dead foals, Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard PNL-150420-162728001
Dead foals, Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard PNL-150420-162728001

Fields that were notorious hotspots for flygrazing horses have come under the ownership of Central Beds Council.

The Church Commissioners transferred some of the land off Grovebury Road after months of criticism from campaigners.

They do, however, still own the field next to Browns (pictured) – described as “the field from hell” – due to parasites in the soil.

Clive Beckett, Central Bedfordshire Council countryside access manager, said: “The land which the Church Commissioners transferred to Central Bedfordshire Council includes part of the Grovebury Quarry site and Southern Meadows, but not the field next to Browns.

“We plan to turn these into public open spaces as soon as possible, but our first challenge is to address the long-standing issue of fly-grazing on the site and the surrounding areas.

“We intend to resolve this by working within the new Control of Horses Act and alongside other affected land owners.”