Sheep could be drafted in to cut the council grass

Norfolk County Council is thinking of abandoning it gasoline-powered lawnmowers and bringing in sheep to keep the grass trimmed at it Headquarters in Norwich.

The move is part of the authority's ongoing effort to improve its environmental performance, reduce emissions and its carbon footprint.

Grazing animals like sheep and goats and even cows are widely used as a natural alternative to mowers and brush cutters in conservation projects up and down the country. Some refer to goats as foresters with horns even.

This plan of the Norfolk County Council is still at an early stage with officers looking into the details of this and member will yet have to decide on whether or not to adopt such a scheme.

© M V Smith, July 2007