Cow’s about that for work

Moo's Company: Mayor of Bakewell Frank Hall meets the two cows that have been deployed to keep the grass and vegetation naturally grazed in Scot's Garden.
Moo's Company: Mayor of Bakewell Frank Hall meets the two cows that have been deployed to keep the grass and vegetation naturally grazed in Scot's Garden.

More mooing and less mowing...

That is the message from Bakewell Town Council which has employed the help of two burly beasts in a bid to cut costs.

Thanks to the offer from a local farmer, the council has taken on two cows to munch their way through the growing grass on Scot’s Meadow, next to the River Wye.

And as a result, the council says its has saved on paying for contractors to come along and keep the area tidy.

Mayor of Bakewell, Cllr Frank Hall explained: “We explained all sorts of possibilities of what we could do, and the Bakewell In Bloom group came up with the recommendation that the best way to maintain it as a wild flower meadow is to graze is rather than mow it.

“They’ve been here a month and they are doing well, they’re doing a great job.

“It’s a win win situation, it does not cost us or the farmer anything, and we get the grass cut- there’s a plentiful supply of the stuff!”

The cows are expected to stay until the spring and may return again at a later date.

The aim of the council is to encourage the natural flora of the land which is a popular place for visitors to sit and relax during the summer months.