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.