Plant-eating goats returning to Wilson Park this week


A group of plant-eating goats are scheduled to return to Fayetteville’s Wilson Park this week to help clear invasive plants on the south side of the park near Louise Avenue.

The goats, provided by Greedy Goats of Northwest Arkansas, will be at the park Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 7 from mid-morning to mid-afternoon each day, unless it is raining. They will return in July and October.

The community is invited to watch the animals at work. A temporary electric fence will be erected to help safely contain the goats and their owners will be on the site during work hours.

The same group of goats were used in 2015 to help clear a thick blanket of privet, honeysuckle and grapevine covering the hillside in the southeast corner of the park. Their efforts opened the space up, allowing volunteers to further clear the area of invasive species.

The cleared areas will eventually be planted with native groundcovers, shrubs and trees, according to a news release.

For more information on the project, contact Kristina Jones at the Parks and Recreation Department, at 479-444-3467.