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Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

Volunteer shepherds guide a flock of sheep to their new park Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Montreal. The sheep are part of a pilot project where they act as eco-friendly lawn mowers, chewing on the long grass, but also help by eating vegetation that poses a threat to public green spaces.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

She says the animals have become stars in the neighbourhood, drawing people together and letting them experience a taste of farm life in the city.

Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
July 27, 2017


With only a few bleats of protest, a flock of woolly, four-legged lawnmowers took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal on Wednesday to take up their duties in a new city park.

The six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded along the sidewalk from one park to another with the help of shepherds and volunteers holding up orange barricades.

The 10 animals are providing environmentally friendly lawn maintenance and educational opportunities in three parks in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough this summer.

Marie-Eve Julien-Denis, one of the project’s organizers, says grazing animals provide a natural way to trim the grass and eradicate invasive plant species.

Unlike mechanical lawnmowers, “herbivores have the ability to eat invasive species like buckthorn and phragmites, and to uproot them so they don’t grow back,” she said.

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