Pointe Claire brings eco-grazing sheep to take care of grass cutting

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Rhonda Massad, Sheep, Pointe Claire, West Island Blog, West Island News, Environment, Innovative, John Belvedere
Pointe Claire is thinking out of the box this summer. Expect to see a group of six sheep as part of an eco-grazing project at Edgewater Park, located along Lake Saint-Louis near Pointe-Claire Village.

Every day from June 11 to July 20, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., six sheep will be in a temporary enclosure to… take care of the park! As they graze on grass, they will help maintain the park in a completely natural manner.

“We care about sustainable development, and this fun and educational initiative is part of our approach,” stated Pointe Claire Mayor John Belvedere.

A series of educational activities are planned during these six weeks at Edgewater Park, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.:

June 14: Knitting with sheep – all levels
June 21: Bilingual story hour, followed by a craft (ages 3 to 6)
June 28: Art creation for families
July 5: Family picnic, followed by a children’s show (in French)
July 12: Yoga with sheep – adults (bring your own yoga mat)
July 19: Shearing and spinning demonstration

In case of rain, storms, and heat waves, the sheep will be placed in a shelter and will therefore not be in the park, and activities will take place at the Noël-Legault Community Centre, located at 245 Du Bord-du-Lac–Lakeshore Road.

The feed can be purchased every Saturday for $0.25 to feed the sheep.

A shepherd will be at the park at all times to watch over the flock.

“Everyone is invited to take advantage of the summer to make a stop at Edgewater Park, whether on foot or by bicycle and have a picnic on the shores of Lake Saint-Louis while watching the sheep and taking part in activities,” said Mayor Belvedere.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is why we talk about anti-speciesism. Until we understand that ALL species of animals are NOT commodities, we will continue to exploit them and usually end up abusing them physically, emotionally and psychologically.

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