Could you be a Mother Goose?

PUBLISHED: 14:49 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 06 May 2010

COULD you be a Mother Goose? It is not an invitation to appear in pantomime but a request from St Albans District Council which is launching an adoption programme for the geese in Verulamium Park. The programme is just for some of the birds and they need

COULD you be a Mother Goose?

It is not an invitation to appear in pantomime but a request from St Albans District Council which is launching an adoption programme for the geese in Verulamium Park.

The programme is just for some of the birds and they need good secure homes. In return they will provide security, eggs for the breakfast table and "mow" the lawn.

The council has 30 to 40 farmyard geese living in the park, which combined with other waterfowl, is putting pressure on the grounds. A few years ago a similar exercise was carried out when 60 birds were adopted by local residents.

Cllr Sheila Burton, portfolio holder for sport and healthy living, said: "More and more people are keeping poultry. Geese are hardy creatures - they don't mind the rain! They enjoy human company and can easily become family pets."

The scheme will appeal to people with larger gardens and smallholdings who would be able to provide home for several geese to live in small flocks.

The council, in partnership with the Friends of Verulamium Park, will round up the birds on the day of the adoption scheme so they can be collected by their new owners. To ensure the birds are being well looked after, the council might carry out checks on prospective owners and homes.

For further information or to register an interest, contact parks and green spaces on 01727 819639 or email groundmaintenance@stalbans.gov.uk

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