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French council turns to sheep to clear overgrown land

Abandoned land in inner cities is often unsightly and neglected and it can soon become a no-go area for city residents.

It is expensive to keep large areas of land from becoming overgrown and unmanageable, but a council in southern France has found a novel way of controlling the creeping advance of nature.

They have employed a number of Soay sheep to eat their way through overgrown land. It is working so well, it is attracting the attention of plenty of other councils around the country.

From Lyon, here's our correspondent, Christian Fraser.

  • 30 Aug 2010