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For more than one hundred years, four
generations of the Fletcher family have
farmed at Harrisons Farm Goosnargh. But
in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, drastic
changes occurred in the farming industry
when BSE and the Foot and Mouth crisis
brought devastation to many farms through- out the country. Numerous animals were
slaughtered and bans on animal movements
and exports caused extreme hardship and
ruin to many farms which had taken several
generations of hard work to develop.
Years later and because health and safety, sudden climate change and fluctuating water levels, demand that all reservoirs and dams are constantly monitored, planning permission was finally granted for a dwelling and in 2004 the bungalow (now reception) was completed at Horns Dam, thus providing a base which allowed for better management of the fishery and caravan site.
By 2013 the Fletcher family had developed
this historic venue to include a large car park, two smaller lakes, a five van Caravan Club
site (overlooking the four acre dam) and a
larger touring site also situated near the
lakes. For disabled visitors, the toilet and shower block has wheel-chair access
and for disabled fishermen, there is a car
park closer to the fishing pegs.
Reflecting on the past sixteen year journey, it has been a pleasure to provide an escape to the country for so many visitors from all over the UK and abroad who appreciate the peace and
quiet of The Horns Dam and its natural beauty. Many have become regular visitors and friends who like to shop and dine in Goosnargh, Longridge and surrounding districts, thus, supporting many other small family businesses and contributing to the local economy.
Therefore, we wish to thank all our visitors, campers, fishermen and club members
without whose continued support our diversification project could
not have become the popular venue it is today.
During that difficult period, an unexpected visitor came on the land where our cows were grazing immediately after leaving a slaughter site on an infected farm. Following this unfortunate
incident, we were notified that our healthy cows must be killed as a precautionary measure.
So, with only two hours notice, the forty remaining cows (all due to calve) were shot, a very distressing experience. At that time and with no income from milk production and no-one wanting
to buy a dying business, farming faced a very uncertain future. The government’s only advice to farmers was to diversify, but that was not possible for many. So, when The Horns Dam
(adjacent to our grazing field) came on the open market the opportunity presented itself for us to accept the challenge and diversify into leisure and tourism.