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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Julie the lawnmower

This is Julie, a young Lorraine goat, employed as a self-propelled, omni-directional, automated lawnmower and gardener at Fort du Villey-le-Sec.

Many of the late 19th century forts in France are left by the French Army as surplus and are then managed by local history groups. The forts are located in large, overgrown grounds and in a few of them, goats are kept on site to eat the grass and keep the brambles under control. Fort du Villey-le-Sec also has highland cattle. I've also seen goats on the Vauban fortifications of Neuf-Brisach.

A very green method of grounds maintenance.

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