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article imageHit 'Goatscaping' project to see more action in Boston this year

By Michael Thomas     Jun 10, 2015 in World
Boston - After a highly successful pilot project, a small army of goats will once again descend on Boston this summer to provide some natural landscaping.
Last year, Boston made headlines with a project it called "Goatscaping," It deployed a team of goats to Hyde Park to help clear buckthorn, knotweed and dangerous poison ivy that left the park fairly inhospitable. Goats are immune to the ivy's effects, and they also benefit the community by providing a quiet and efficient job, rather than the constant hum of machinery.
It only took six weeks for the goat brigade to open up a previously weed-infested green space.
This year, the Boston Globe reports, the popular project is returning with more goats and an extra location in need of some maintenance.
Come July, three herds of goats will get to work. One will reprise the work at Hyde Park starting on July 6. Two weeks later, the other two herds will head to the George Wright Golf Course and take care of problem areas taken over by weeds and poison ivy. They'll be separated from golfers by solar-powered electric fences, so there will be little chance of goat mishaps on the green.
Once the Hyde Park team is done its work, it will join its fellow goats at the golf course for a total of 12 natural landscapers. The extra goats will provide even more efficiency because it will inspire competition among the animals.
The goats will serve a dual purpose for the golf course. It will open up previously inaccessible spaces and also help the course become a a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. In order to meet the criteria required by Audubon International, the city also added a beehive to the land, which will help with pollination.
Boston is not the only city to employ Goatscaping, Consumerist reports. Portland, Ore., and Chicago also used goats for landscaping, in those cases to clear airport runways.
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