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The Briars Community Forest Leash Free Park

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 7th 2013
Sick of boring leash free dog parks? Try this one

I don't know about you, but one of the least appealing things to me is the new leash free dog areas popping up everywhere. They are more like an empty block of land or an empty sheep paddock with dog fencing and a 'pick up the poo' sign. That's about as interesting as they get.

It's no wonder there are so many dog fights reported in these leash free areas, with no mental stimulation, just an open space with lots of unfamiliar dogs.

Luckily though there are still some good old-school leash free zones that offer stimulation and variety for both animal and owners.

The Briars Community Forest is one of those places. Established in 1983 with the the help of Rotary and the community, together planting 3500 trees. Rercently a small pergola with seating has been added.

As the name suggests the leash free park adjoins The Briars, with entry being from the Nepean Hwy Mount Martha, located directly opposite Balcombe Grammar.

The park looks fairly unassuming from the outside, with its small gravel car park, a bin and Kikuyu grass growing up through the fence. On the other side of the fence is a memorial rock with a plaque and a wide open track that goes around the perimeter of the park.

View towards The Briars Homestead

You will find tracks that weave in and out of bushland, lots of wildlife, which is surprising, including little fairy wrens and kookaburras. Views across to The Briars Homestead and lush paddocks with Angus cattle are a bonus.

The tracks, including the perimeter, would cover an approximate walking distance of 2 km.

And the best part? I didn't see any dog poo!

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Why? For a more interesting dog park
When: All year round
Where: Nepean Hwy Mount Martha opposite Balcombe Grammar
Cost: free
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are the trails offleash?
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