Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Urban shepherds' huts?

Karen Dugdale reports in The Guardian on the rise of the urban shepherd and in particular the growing number of volunteer shepherds being recruited by Brighton and Hove City Council as part of an project to reintroduce grazing to its urban parks (pictured are sheep being herded through the centre of Madrid, an annual event). As well as a 'feelgood factor' for residents there are other advantages:
"The idea is that the sheep's idiosyncratic grazing patterns - some nibble bushes while others prefer chomping coarse terrain - will re-establish different levels of grass (good breeding ground for rare species), gradually replacing the aggressive approach of industrial mowing."
But of course what Shedworking wants to know is this - will we also be seeing the introduction of urban shepherds' huts too?

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