Nearly 50 people went along to watch the six Cooper’s Meadow sheep receive a shearing in the warm evening sun on Thursday July 1. Sheep shearer Sid Vincent soon had all sheep sheared.
Val Compton said, “It was amazing to see how clean and tidy they looked instantly and how unperturbed the sheep were by the experience. Lots of children took some fleece home with them for the “Show and Tell” table at school.”
The six sheep are Wiltshire Horn cross breed and belong to Clive Hibberd. The project to graze sheep on Cooper’s Meadow was instigated by ARK (Action for the River Kennet). Anna Forbes, ARK project officer and Volunteer Co-ordinator said, “We are very grateful to Clive for providing the sheep and enabling the project at Cooper’s Meadow. The purpose is to manage the meadow in a traditional and more natural way than mowing. The long-term aim is to increase biodiversity, so an increase in native grasses and other plants, which in turn is beneficial to important pollinating insects and other wildlife.
The sheep are also really popular with the young children of the town. There was great excitement and many questions from children and parents in the playground when the sheep returned this year.
There is little market for the wool, so after the shearing Clive was very happy to give it away to anyone who could make use of it.”