One idea presented for a more environmentally friendly society in the West Fjords would employ sheep to keep the grass trim in designated areas in and around the town of Isafjörður.
Ralf Trylla, the environmental official for Isafjörður, told Fréttablaðið that “someone needs to cut the grass, and animals do that organically, and for little money.” The town plans to use both sheep and horses to tend to the grass, contained within areas by electrical fence. At the moment, the plan is in an experimental stage, although Trylla believes it could be a fun attraction for tourists and families alike.
Alert readers on the blog eyjan.is noted that this technique has been used in other parts of the world. In particular, the town of Curitiba in Brazil has employed sheep as lawn mowers in public parks. Other Icelanders mentioned anecdotally that they’d seen the practice used in Egilsstaðir, and in the Faeroe Islands.