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HAPPY HERD: Cattle introduced in Chorleywood meadows as part of conservation efforts

 Published on: 29th August 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood residents may have noticed some new additions to the village in recent weeks.

A herd of 14 cattle have been grazing in meadows across the district, including Chorleywood House Estate and Horses’ Field, as part of a planned conservation effort.

Five Chamonix cows are currently in the railway field at Chorleywood Common. They will be trained and gradually released to graze the bushes and meadow over the coming weeks.

The cattle provide a number of benefits to the local ecosystem, such as trampling wildflower seeds into the ground to increase their chances of germinating.

Councillor Jon Tankard, lead member for environmental services, climate change and sustainability, said: “The conservation scheme is truly exciting to see come into fruition and it’s amazing that these docile and good-natured creatures are making such a difference to our wonderful and diverse grassland meadows.

“It’s great to see them welcomed by visitors and residents. I urge everyone to please respect the herd and for all dog walkers to keep their dog on a lead when entering the enclosed areas.”

Photo Credit: Chorleywood Parish Council

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