Sutton Council is swapping lawnmowers for grazing cattle, to keep the grass in check.
A crack team of Sussex cattle has been drafted in to look after the rare chalk grasslands of Roundshaw Downs.
Marcus Powell reports.
It's hoped a scheme to use cows as lawnmowers in Sutton will give wildlife living on the grasslands of Roundshaw Downs extra help by increasing the number of wildflowers and insects and helping to protect ground-nesting birds like skylarks.
The cattle will keep weeds, shrubs and other hardy plants in check.
Ditching machinery will save the council money by reducing mowing by up to £2000 a year. The cows will be looked after by welfare experts from the Heritage Lottery Funded Old Surrey Downs Project and will live in a secure enclosure, which members of the public and dog walkers will be able to use.