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Seine and Marne. Ecological grazing sheep in Châtelet-en-Brie

The Ouessant sheep are used for ecological grazing in Châtelet-en-Brie
The Ouessant sheep are used for ecological grazing in Châtelet-en-Brie (© Sophie Louveau)

To bring an ecological touch to the villages, the community of municipalities Brie Rivers and Castlesdecided in 2017 to start a project aecological pasture in order to use the various green spaces in the area.

“This is an Air Énergie Territorial Climate Plan (PCAET) compliant project in which communities engage with the state to achieve the ecological transition,” explains Sophie Louveau, CCBRC’s communications manager.

Ouessant sheep

It is in the village of Chatelet-en-Brie (Seine-et-Marne), near the leisure center without accommodation (ALSH), where about 7 300 m² of green space, which the community of municipalities has had, must be maintainedidea of ​​using sheep to graze this large area. This ecological way therefore allows not to use a motorized device for theMaintenance. Furthermore, the use of these animals also helps to preserve biodiversity.

It is the Ecomouton company that rents sheep. It has the Eve label, a guarantee of quality. Located in Guignes, it was chosen for its proximity. The sheep used to mow the grass are Ouessant sheep. They are small in size with a height of 50 cm and weigh no more than 20 kilos, which allows you not to crush the ground. This species is self-sufficient and sleeps directly on the grass. Not herit only needs shelter in bad weather.

A shepherd comes regularly to check the state of the pastures and sheep. He takes care of clipping them, vaccinating them and taking care of them if necessary.

An educational resource

This ecological grazing place also contains a family nursery And recreation Center which welcome almost 160 children, from 3 months to 11 years old years. The sheep thus allow the little ones to study the fauna, which produces it a didactic tool.

“The sheep offer the possibility to organize activities with the children, explains Christian Poteau, president of the CCBRC. The animators can propose educational programs to sensitize young people to fauna and flora, nutrition and animal care. This allows you to study the living conditions of sheep in summer and winter. “

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“We also find at the ALSH in Châtelet-en-Brie vegetable gardens, chickens and various activities that allow children to participate and cultivate themselves in ecological tasks, which are important in our society today,” adds Romain Robert, director of technical services at the CCBRC. This partnership between Ecomouton and the community of municipalities is very positive. Both from an ecological and an educational point of view, these sheep bring a real environmental bonus. “

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