The sheep returned to Cooper’s Meadow this morning and were soon inspecting their new summer home and munching away on lush green plants and willow. The 3 ewes and 6 spring born lambs are Wiltshire Horn cross breed and belong to Clive Hibberd.
Popular with Town Mill residents, local children and visitors to the town, the sheep will gradually graze their way through the dominating vegetation.
Ready to welcome the sheep to their newly fenced home on Cooper’s Meadow were Nigel Weatherly, Marlborough Town Council’s Grounds Manager and Anna Forbes, Senior Project Officer at ARK (Action for the River Kennet). Nigel told Marlborough.news, “I love having the sheep – it’s a fantastic idea to have sheep in the town. With the play area close by children will learn that meat doesn’t just come from Tesco.”
Anna said, “The purpose of having the sheep is to manage the meadow in a traditional and more natural way than mowing. The long-term aim is to increase biodiversity, so to increase native grasses and other plants, which in turn is beneficial to important pollinating insects and other wildlife. It’s really unusual to have a water meadow with livestock in the heart of the town. ARK and Marlborough Town Council are really grateful to have Clive on board with the project.”
ARK volunteers have been trained as ‘sheep lookers’ and will be checking the sheep everyday as well as checking the fencing and removing any litter from the meadow. Please do not feed the sheep. If you have any concerns please contact Nigel on 07715639827, out of hours 07593584095 or Clive, the sheep owner, on 07437454728 or 01672 569165.