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Red Poll Cattle - picture by  Ray Bowler, secretary of the  Red Poll Cattle Society Red Poll Cattle - picture by Ray Bowler, secretary of the Red Poll Cattle Society

Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:00 PM

Out-dated grass cutting technology has been told to make way for a new herd of lawn trimming experts.

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A crack team of Red Poll cattle with generations of experience in grass management will soon be set to work keeping Bedfords Park, near Havering-atte-Bower, looking its best,

The Recorder has been ­assured that these unusual recruits are the cream of the crop with the Red Poll Cattle Society endorsing their employment.

Ray Bowler, secretary of the society said: “The Red Poll is ideally suited to the type of grazing that is found in the countryside parks environment.

“They are a docile breed which is ideal when there is the public around.

“They graze and do very well on the herb-rich grazing which these areas comprise of.

“They blend into the environment. In fact, sometimes, it can be very difficult to find them.”

The cows will render the tractors that previously managed the site unnecessary, while also creating an attractive pastoral scene.

As well as completing their practical tasks it is hoped that the introduction of cattle to the park will encourage greater biodiversity.

Similar schemes have been introduced in Horchurch Country Park and Rainham Gateway.

Mr Bowler added: “They are not a particularly large breed so don’t churn up the land if it becomes wet. They are very hardy which means they can stay outside all year round if necessary.

“One of the main attributes of the breed is its versatility, they thrive in a wide range of environmental conditions.”

The park is already home to a large number of birds, butterflies and mini-beasts.

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