Local council grazes cattle on its 'hard to mow' grassland and nature reserves

A local authority has saved thousands of pounds by using cattle to graze on some of its "hard to mow" green spaces.

Cannock Chase Council uses the 12 Dexter cows to graze on the town centre's Mill Green Park as well as rough grassland on nearby nature reserves.

"Some areas of grassland are very hard to mow and it makes sense to swap petrol mowers for animals," said local authority ecologist Steve Barnes.

"We haven't worked out precise figures, but savings on mowing certainly run into the thousands.

"We are now looking at buying more cattle, which you can get for about £200 an animal."

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