Editor’s Comment: Lindsay Jones

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 February 2017


When cows wandered in Wanstead Picture: KEN MEARS

The introduction of cattle at Hainault Forest will bring back memories for the more middle-aged among us of the cows which used to wander the streets of Wanstead, Woodford and Snaresbrook.

As late as the early ’90s they could be seen grazing on Wanstead Flats, mooching into people’s gardens and eating their flowers, and occasionally stopping traffic in Redbridge Lane West.

Fond memories now looking back, a bit irritating at the time.

The cattle grids still remain in the roads.

The newcomers to Hainault Forest Country Park will not cause similar problems – they will be in enclosures with kissing gates to provide access to walkers but to keep the cattle in.

It is good to see a traditional method of maintaining the woodland and pasture.

And it should be a bucolic image far removed from the borough’s busy, car-filled town centres.

The cows will surely be better for the land than chainsaws and lawnmowers.

I’m sure they will prove a popular attraction for families at weekends.

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