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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.
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.