Grazing goats star at ‘autumn bash’
Saturday 19th October 2013, 5:00PM BST.
A taste of rural life was brought to central London today as a herd of goats visited the South Bank to celebrate the start of autumn.
The animals spent the afternoon grazing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden as part of a day of events which included woodworking demonstrations and workshops and seed and plant giveaways.
Gardener Paul Pulford said the goats’ presence at the “autumn bash” offered an environmentally friendly way of cutting back the grass and wildflowers that grow on the roof.
“This is the first time in their lives they would have had the opportunity to eat these plants but it’s the most natural thing for goats to eat,” he said. “It’s what goats have been eating on this earth for thousands and thousands of years.
“Now we buy in animal feed and we feed our cattle with soya bean products and wheat and so on.”
The garden was designed in collaboration with the Eden Project and is maintained by Grounded Ecotherapy staff and volunteers based at Providence Row Housing Association, giving employment to those who, like Mr Pulford, have experienced homelessness, addiction and mental health problems.
Meanwhile in Mayfair, a flock of sheep made a special appearance at the Royal Academy today to mark the final weekend of Wool Week.
Bemused onlookers snapped away on their camera phones as the Australian/English Bowmont Merino sheep gathered in pens in the courtyard outside the gallery, which currently features a major Australia exhibition.
Wool Week is The Campaign for Wool’s annual UK festival to highlight wool as a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre.
The Woolmark Company and The Campaign for Wool are sponsors of the exhibition, which is the most significant survey of Australian art ever mounted in the UK. Australia is the world’s largest producer of Merino wool.