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Ewe – heard it here first! Manningtree’s newest neigh-baas take up residence at City & Country’s Manningtree Park development
Earlier this month, City & Country’s Manningtree Park welcomed a flock of 20 rare breed sheep. The delightful new additions are now settled into their new home at this brand-new development.
Grazing peacefully in the paddock next to the Manningtree Park entrance off Long Road, this herd of woolly ladies are already proving popular with the residents.
Faye Barson, City & Country’s Estate and Farm Manager, who looks after the sheep, says they are a lovely addition to the development.
“The 20 ewes have all travelled very happily to their new home and are settling in well. These three rare breeds are a wonderful combination of characters, and we are excited for our residents to get to know them over the coming weeks. As well as being an enjoyable part of the new community here, the sheep offer a more sustainable way to maintain some of the green open space here and help promote a more eco-friendly environment.”
Youngsters from local Manningtree nursery, Little Pumpkins, were invited to come and say hello and welcome the new arrivals.
The children were also asked to draw their own sheep and come up with some creative names for the friendly flock. To match the three different breeds of sheep on site, three separate names were selected. The winning names, ‘Fluff’ by Eleanor, ‘Pumpkin’ by Polly and ‘Teddy’ by Archie, were engraved onto a collar and placed on a toy sheep for the young winners to take home.
The children, aged 3 to 4, began their visit with an in-person introduction to the sheep by City & Country’s Estate and Farm Manager, Faye Barson. During the introduction, Faye shared fun facts about the mixed herd of Portland, Manx and Hebridean sheep, some of whom she reared by hand, and let the children feel sheep horn samples.
Shelley West, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country said: “At City & Country, we love any chance to get involved with the local community – especially when the results are so creative!”
“With so much open, green space available for residents and the community, our new woolly residents are the perfect addition – and inviting these local children to formally welcome our ladies into the fold was the cherry on the cake!”