A farmer came to the rescue after a herd of cows escaped onto the M25.
All traffic was held on the M25 at Godstone, Surrey, after 35 cows escaped through a damaged fence, with one group making it as far as Clacket Lane services, a mile away from where they had escaped at Flower Farm (May 31).
Patrick Deeley, owner of Flower Farm, was one of the first on the scene, and began trying to herd the cows back to the field.
Emily Davies, part of the team and a second responder to the incident, said: “We noticed the cows had all grouped in one part of the field under some trees, which they sometimes do, but Patrick Deeley, the farmer, noticed a hole in the fencing.
“Patrick followed them down the bank of the M25 and, at this point, there was four of us from the farm and two neighbours. We helped him to create a bottleneck, while he and passing motorists who had been stopped by the Police helped herd the cows off the road.”
Taking to Instagram, Mr Deeley, owner of Flower Farm, can be spotted putting his cattle handling skills to use.
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Oops, it seems the cows decided to have a Sunday stroll... on the M25 \ud83d\ude31\u2063 \u2063 Luckily Farmer Patrick was there to herd them back into the field!\u2063 \u2063 Overnight it would appear someone decided to smash the fence, and a rather inquisitive cow decided it was time for a walk.\u2063 \u2063 Quickly joined by a group of her friends, they trotted off down the side of the verge, making their way towards Clacket Lane.\u2063 \u2063 Thankfully Farmer Patrick was in the field at the time and managed to quickly, with the help of the farm team, neighbouring Farmer John and the amazing Highways Agency and Police, return the cows to their rightful field... much to the bemusement of passing motorists. \u2063 \u2063 Thankfully no one was hurt, and motorway closures were kept to a minimum. \u2063 \u2063 Here you can see Farmer Patrick first on the scene, and he\u2019d like to say a big thank you to everyone that helped, including members of the public who got out of their cars - one of them being a vet happened to be driving past and stepped in to help. \u2063 \u2063 Again a big thank you to the traffic police and everyone involved! . . . . . . . #flowerfarm #godstone #cows #m25 #farming #farmer #farminguk #farm #ukfarming @farmersweekly @farmersguardian @farminguk
Despite their efforts, Ms Davies said there was a report of more cows on the M25, this time at Junction 6.
“We tracked their movement and had to go through the whole process again. Thankfully no one or any cows were injured,” she said.
Mr Deeley added: “Thank you to everyone that helped, including members of the public who got out of their cars, one of them being a vet, who happened to be driving past and stepped in to help.”