For the last 7 years sheep have been grazing on the Estate in Chorleywood Dell and Dell Field for about 6 weeks at a time. This year is no different and on 28 July we welcomed 24 sheep – 7 in Dell Field and 17 in Chorleywood Dell.
Most of the flock are Hebridean (black) and Jacob (speckled) – see photos below. They will be staying until 8 September (a total of 6 weeks). Robin Harman is the grazier of the sheep.
Local people have been recruited and trained as volunteer ‘watchers’ who will keep a regular eye on the sheep on behalf of the grazier and site owner, TRDC.
Chorleywood Dell and Dell Field are located in the centre of the 160 acre estate and consist mainly of flower rich meadows and some scrub and trees. Sheep grazing brings benefits for wildlife by stopping scrub and trees from invading grassland habitats and helps with the development of a variety of vegetation heights and species.
N.B. Dog owners should be aware that they have a legal responsibility to keep their dogs under close control at all times. Please keep your dog on a lead.
Sheep being delivered by Robin Harman
Come on you lot, hurry up!
… and, best of all, Les Mead’s YouTube video. Les is a Lib Dem District Councillor at Three Rivers District Council.