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Edgewater Park within the metropolis of Pointe-Claire might very nicely resemble a farmer’s subject this summer time.

Monday morning, the town launched a pilot undertaking, Eco-Grazing — involving a herd of six sheep that may roam the waterside park adjoining to Lake St-Louis, from June 11 to July 20.

“We want to show people that there are other options out there than using mechanical machines to cut grass,” Pointe-Claire Mayor John Belvedere stated.


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The chomping of the sheep could also be louder than you assume, however Pointe-Claire resident Pirya Bhatia would take that over a garden mower any day.

“I think it also reduces the noise of lawn mowers which I absolutely hate,” Bhatia stated.

Together, the herd of munching sheep will eat 30 kilos of grass in a single eight-hour day, says shepherd Simon Villancourt.

The sheep shall be periodically moved round all through the park in a fenced in enclosure.

Although good for the inexperienced stuff,  Villancourt says to not fear — the by-product of a profitable days work shall be eliminated.

“The manure will be picked up to keep the park clean,” Villancourt stated.

Villancourt and his sheep will take the 45-minute drive residence each evening to Surgarhill farm.

Its not all work and no play for the town’s new four-legged hires, although. The municipality has organized scheduled occasions like shearing, knitting and even yoga.

Katherine Levesseur got here from Kirkland to see them, and he or she’s fairly wanting to bend over backwards with the Edgewater sheep.

“I’m excited to see how yoga with the sheep will go down,” she stated.

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The family-friendly fluffy livestock are mild, Mayor Belvedere says. Residents are invited to rise up shut and private with the sheep, and for 25, cents on weekends, you possibly can feed them by hand.

The metropolis hopes the initiative will encourage greener actions locally,

“Maybe you will think to change,” Belvedere stated. “‘What can I do differently? Can I use a push mower or something else?’ It is a nice way to to make people think about ideas and what can we do for the environment.”

For extra data, you will discover the schedule and the total checklist of occasions on Pointe-Claire’s web site. 

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