Flock helps with preser­va­tion

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GRAZ­ING sheep have been brought in as an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly and cost-ef­fec­tive way of pre­serv­ing an an­cient Ash­ford mon­u­ment. A flock has been in­tro­duced to land around Boys Hall Moat at Willes­bor­ough, to keep po­ten­tial­ly­dam­ag­ing tree and scrub growth at bay. The me­dieval moated manor site, which in­cludes a long pond and gar­den ter­races, is owned by Ash­ford coun­cil. The site was cleared and cut an­nu­ally by con­trac­tors but new graz­ing project in­tro­duces a more nat­u­ral land man­age­ment sys­tem. Sheep were moved in last week for the first time. The coun­cil has been as­sisted by Kent Wildlife Trust and lo­cal farm­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Ramsak in the project and the nearby Or­bital Park BMW show­room has agreed to sup­ply the sheep with a fresh wa­ter.

Sheep graz­ing at Boys Hall Moat, Willes­bor­ough will help keep down scrub and tree growth

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