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Decision due on plan for goats and sheep to cut town's grass at historic castle

PUBLISHED: 17:21 07 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:21 07 November 2019

Sheep and goats could be used to cut the grass on Castle Mound. Picture: Archant/Ray Hoogendijk

Sheep and goats could be used to cut the grass on Castle Mound. Picture: Archant/Ray Hoogendijk

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A decision is due to be made on whether to use sheep and goats to cut grass on an historic monument.

Thetford Town Council hopes to slash the cost of cutting grass at Thetford Castle, also known as Castle Hill, by allowing grazing animals on the land.

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The council pays about £7,500 every time the grass is cut. Due to high, dense vegetation it is advised that it is done four times a year, pushing to cost up to £34,000.

The reason for this cost is due to health and safety issues with cutting the 847-year-old steep mound which requires handheld equipment used while sitting down.

Estimates put the grazing at a cost of about £42,000, but the council will apply for a National Lottery Heritage Grant to fund the work.

Thetford Town Council will make a decision at its amenities, land and property meeting at 2pm on Monday, November 11 at Kings House.

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