The Cows Are Here Again

Horsenden Hill being mowed by cattle

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Long horned cows at Horsenden Hill

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A herd of English Longhorn cows have settled into Horsenden Hill.

The four cows are on loan from Harrow School and will be grazing through Home Mead and Long Mead meadows until the end of October. Cows have been a popular way of animal lawn mowing on the hill since 2005.

The grazing area is open to the public; although visitors are reminded to secure the gates as they come and go.

English Longhorn cows vary in colour, but all feature impressive horns and a characteristic white line along their backs and tails. They are a docile breed, however people are advised not to feed, approach or touch them. Dog walkers should also keep their pet on a lead when walking through the fields.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, 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.”

For more information about the cows or to report any issues, please contact the ranger team on 020 8813 9232, 07974 148650 or 07912 580223.


19th September 2013


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