Munching sheep replace lawn mowers in Paris
PARIS (AFP) - Four little black sheep on Wednesday left the countryside and began their new careers in the city: working as eco-friendly lawn mowers in a largely working-class district in north-eastern Paris.
Between April and October, the new "park workers" will graze grounds the size of eight tennis-courts in three two-week-long sweeps in a move to promote biodiversity and make the grooming of the capital's green areas more sustainable - replacing both chemicals and lawn mowers.
Out of work, they will be resting back at a farm on the outskirts of Paris, the Ferme de Paris.
"For a lawn mowed 24 times a year, there is no biodiversity. When you use animals, the droppings attract insects and the insects bring birds," said Eco Terra president Alain Divo whose company plans and organises eco-pasture projects in French urban areas.