December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Walkers in a meadow in north west London will have some bovine company after a herd of rare long-horned cows moved in to pasture.
The four cows are on loan from Harrow School and will be grazing through Horsenden Hill until the end of October, said Ealing Council.
It said cows have been a popular way of animal lawn mowing on the hill since 2005.
The new residents Home Mead and Long Mead meadows all feature impressive horns, and although they vary in colour have a characteristic white line along their backs and tails.
The council said English Longhorn cows are a docile breed, however people walking through the open grazing area are advised not to feed, approach or touch them.
Visitors are reminded to secure the gates as they come and go, and dog-walkers should also keep their pet on a lead when walking through the fields.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Easling’s cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “The four longhorn cows are doing a great job munching away on the long grass, brambles and scrub in the two meadows.
“They also bring great environmental benefits by increasing the types of insects and animals living in the area, naturally maintaining the field and adding a bit of character to the hillside.
“I encourage local people to take a walk through the meadows and look out for one of the gentle horned creatures, while soaking up the beautiful surrounds and spectacular views at Horsenden Hill.”