Goats eating Christmas trees to finance the oldest urban farm in London

A flock of goats that lives on an urban farm in London has been incumbing the tooth to hundreds of used Christmas trees, donated by local residents as part of a

Goats eating Christmas trees to finance the oldest urban farm in London

A flock of goats that lives on an urban farm in London has been incumbing the tooth to hundreds of used Christmas trees, donated by local residents as part of a recycling campaign and fundraising. The eight goats do not get tired of the discarded firs, that the Kentish Town City Farm farm, in the north of the British capital, collects in the houses of the area in exchange for a donation.

"The project began last year" by accident, when one of our employees, who feels true weakness for the goats, saw a video of goats eating Christmas trees and thought: 'Oh, could prove it' ", explains Angela Woods, Director From the association that manages the facilities. "And, indeed, they began to engulf them," he adds.

Pine needles are not only a tasty delicacy, but also a "natural dewarmer," explains Woods, while the goats, headed by the leader of the group, Rockie, four, take his head through a fence to nibble a fence. Spruce already without ornaments.

In a video published on Twitter last week, the goats are pounced on a staff member carrying a tree to the venue, knocking it in the mud to frantically nibble the pointed leaves.

The goats eaten all the parts of the tree except the trunk, leaving it "as if a nuclear explosion had exploded," Woods jokes. After being a pioneer in the project last year, the farm has expanded its capacity to some 650 trees, of which the most tender go to the goats' stomach, and the rest will be crushed to produce chips with which to decorate the roads of a park near.

The trees are collected by a local van company that offers vehicles for free. The neighbors reserve their pick-up hours for 10 pounds (about 12 euros) and for five more they can receive a "gratitude note" of a goat. In turn, some children attach to their trees a note for animals.

The campaign aims to raise at least 8,500 pounds. For the inhabitants of the city that do not have gardens or fireplaces, get rid of the Christmas trees, which traditionally withdraw on January 6, is an eternal headache. This project is a "perfect solution and it is great for goats and for the farm," he celebrates Woods.

A constant flow of visitors - Principally women with small children - crosses the front door. This urban farm - typically community desperates conceived to give to the inhabitants of cities the flavor of the countryside - is the oldest in the United Kingdom, and this year it turns 50.

They raised them neighbors from the neighborhood at the location of an old abandoned factory. Two years ago, she had financial problems, but she was saved by the 100,000 pounds of a generous Russian anonymous donor and now, underlines Woods, she is "financially stable".

Updated Date: 08 January 2022, 11:53

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