About The Horns Dam
For more than one hundred years, four generations of the Fletcher family farmed at Harrisons Farm Goosnargh. 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 throughout 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.
During that difficult period, an unexpected visitor came on the land where the Fletcher family’s cows were grazing, immediately after he left an infected farm where many animals were slaughtered.
Following this unfortunate incident, the family was notified that their healthy cows must be killed as a precautionary measure.
With only two hours notice, the forty remaining cows (all due to calve) were shot, which was a very distressing experience. 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, which was not possible for many.
So, when The Horns Dam, adjacent to the Fletcher’s grazing field, came on the open market the opportunity presented itself to accept the challenge and diversify into leisure and tourism.