Ravenous Goats Making Quick Work of Hyde Park Poison Ivy

Poision Ivy abound, the goats see it as a delicacy. Eating away is with eyes shut Chester and below Christopher from The Goatscaping Company.
Poision Ivy abound, the goats see it as a delicacy. Eating away is with eyes shut Chester and below Christopher from The Goatscaping Company. –DAVID L. RYAN/ THE BOSTON GLOBE

There are new landscapers in town and they’re not human.

Last month, the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation decided there was so much poison ivy in the area that it was deemed unsafe for children. So, they thought, let’s round up the goats, which are provided by a company that actually specializes in goat rentals for garden projects.

Patricia Alvarez, who works for the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation, told Boston.com, “They love it. It’s like candy.’’

According to The Boston Globe, goats have been employed in Hyde Park to do some landscaping, sorry, “goatscaping.’’

“The contract called for the goats to chomp their way to the point where the ‘targeted vegetation … will be no more than 4 inches high, with the exception of woody stems or vines with stems one half centimeter or thicker.’’’

Yes, there was a contract.

“The site was once seen as an eyesore,’’ Ryan Woods, director of external affairs at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, told The Boston Globe. “Now [the goats] have turned it into a place that people actually want to go to.’’

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