Monday 14 May 2001 - update
The foot and mouth disease outbreak eventually occurred on over 1000
farms in the UK and caused havoc and heartbreak as all herds from
all confirmed cases were slaughtered, as well as herds close-by as
a precaution. There were a few cases in Berkshire, but none near Maidenhead.
Ockwells park has now reopened and dogs are allowed in the park on
Friday 9 March 2001
Whilst there have been no confirmed cases of foot and mouth disease
in the area, precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of
this virus which has now infected over 100 farms in the UK. Farms
throughout the area are restricting movement through their land, and
Ockwells Park, a large park with many facilities around 2 miles south
of the town centre, has been completely closed.
The national situation is monitored at the MAFF
A notice at the entrance to a farm in Waltham St Lawrence
requesting that visitors disinfect their feet on entrance
- if they really must visit the farm at all. The disinfectant
and carpet to clean feet can be seen on the right.
A closed footpath bordering Ockwells Park.
Close up of the warning sign.