Clearing Sheepishly

PATH has employed a hungry flock of sheep to help clear the labyrinth of vines and invasive plants behind Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in preparation for construction of the trail from Northside Drive to the Tanyard Park Trail. The hungry herd began chewing their way from Bitsy Grant to Tanyard Creek on July 21st. The corridor should be clear of everything but trees, Rhododendrons, and Azaleas by the second week of August.  (Sheep do not eat Azaleas and Rhodos.)

Eweniversally Green, the company hired by PATH, is owned by Brian Cash of Decatur. Brian’s sheep have been eating their way through metro Atlanta for several years, protected by two trusty dogs, and confined by a portable, solar-powered, electric fence that ensures the sheep do not leave the intended “path”.  “For them, it’s like going to a fancy restaurant every day,” says Brian. “Kudzu, ivy, and other weeds are really good, lush food for sheep.” Brian stops by at least once a day to check on the flock and relocate the fencing as needed.

Once Brian’s flock completes their task, PATH, City officials, and neighborhood representatives can view the proposed locations for the trail and the bridge over Tanyard Creek and confirm the alignment. PATH plans to construct this trail in 2014. The Georgia Department of  Transportation has agreed to build the (PATH designed) trail along Northside Drive to Peachtree Creek. PATH is working with the City of Atlanta to build a bridge over Peachtree Creek near Sagamore Drive and Northside Drive, to complete a continuous trail from Ardmore Park to Peachtree Battle Road.

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