Are those goats mowing the lawn?
If you see goats chomping their way around an overgrown stretch of unused Druid Hill Park today, don't worry, they're the hired help.
The Parks & People Foundation brought 40 of them to the Auchentoroly Terrace site at the park to help clear overgrown vegetation and invasive species.
The effort is part of a $10 million project to put the 9-acre parcel and an old mansion back into use. The foundation will eventually use the property as its headquarters, but much of the space will be used for community events. They will also create trails and connect the space to the rest of Druid Hill Park.
The goats have been feeding for two days to make way for construction crews to get near the mansion. They will come back to do the rest of the land at some point.
If you are wondering more about these creatures:
+a herd of 30 goats can eat up to a quarter acre of vegetation a day
+they eat all kinds of poisonous and invasive species of plants including poison ivy
+they can reach vegetation up to six feet off the ground
+the droppings provide natural fertilizer
+they eat brush and not grass
+they have four-chambered stomachs and special enzymes which allow them to digest plants
+these particular goats are a mix of Boer and Spanish species
Supplying the goats was Eco-Goats, a Davidsonville-based company specializing in “environmentally friendly vegetation control."
I have to say, they do nice work. And they're pretty cute, too.
Baltimore Sun photo/Meredith Cohn