Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) has denied claims that cattle in Leavesden Country Park in Abbots Langley were left without water during the intense heatwave last month.
The herd of red Devon cattle has been living in Horses’ Fields, between Furtherfield Road and Langley Lane, since August 4 as part of a council initiative to utilise grazing to naturally maintain the meadow grass.However, as temperatures soared to nearly 40 degrees in the middle of August, one Abbots Langley resident was left “upset” as they say the cows were left without water for two weeks.
A TRDC spokesperson said: “The cattle have been provided with a water trough, which is filled by the council on a daily basis.
“We have been taking particular care to ensure the cows have been kept hydrated during the very hot weather.”Councillor Phil Williams, TRDC’s lead member for environmental services, climate change and sustainability, said: “Conservation grazing is a great way to maintain our local diverse grassland habitats, which has great benefits for plants, animals and birds alike.
“I am personally delighted to see this lovely breed of red Devon cattle roaming around the park.”