The Parks Trust’s popular flock of sheep have returned to Campbell Park to continue their important conservation work.
The flock of over 100 sheep will graze about half the park, as part of the self-financing charity’s farming portfolio. They will likely remain in the park until the end of March 2019, moving on to elsewhere in the city as the Campbell Park wildflower meadow comes into bloom.
Periodic grazing is a vital conservation tool, helping to manage large areas of grassland in order to create a much richer diversity of wildlife. Grazing deters scrub and encourages the growth and spread of wildflower in these grass rich meadows, as the sheep target the sweet tasting grasses to graze on. Where possible, The Parks Trust strives to use traditional forms of land management (such as grazing) across the 6,000 acres of green space it manages in Milton Keynes.
Landscape and Operations Director of The Parks Trust, Rob Riekie said: "We are so pleased to welcome the sheep back to Campbell Park. For us, they really signal the start of spring and we know how much visitors to our park love to see them.
However, it is vital that people respect and care for the sheep as they use our park. Please can we remind dog owners to keep your dog close, calm and on a short lead.”
For more information about The Parks Trust’s land management techniques please visit www.theparkstrust.com