The Belted Galloway, Scottish rare breed of cattle, had an audience of local families, Mike Penning MP, Councillors and BBC Three Counties radio to see their release into Bunkers Park in Nash Mills on Saturday 14 May.
In a special red ribbon cutting ceremony, Colin Chambers, Team Leader for Trees and Woodlands spoke about the partnership with Boxmoor Trust to move 10 cows from the Boxmoor Estate to Bunkers Park to help graze an area known as the Mattens, which comprise three linked fields all surrounded with hedges and fences, during the summer months.
The Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr Gbola Adeleke cut the ribbon to release the cows into the field for them to graze. Spectators saw the cows run and jump into the field with extreme joy for their summer holiday placement.
Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Cllr Janice Marshall, said ”It was a delight to see the cows happy in their temporary home. I encourage you to visit Bunkers Park as it’s a beautiful award winning open space and to see the Belted Galloway cows too. They will be there to graze till October and we are fortunate to have them in an area which is accessible by the public. They are animals with a placid temperament.”
Bunkers Park received the Green Flag award in 2015. Green Flag is a national Government award designed to raise standards of management of parks and open spaces.
Photos: Mayor and Mayoress of Dacorum, Cllr Gbola Adeleke and Carol Adeleke - cutting the ribbon and the cows being released into Bunkers Park.