Panshanger’s magnificent herd of English Longhorn Cattle will soon be returning to the park.
The majestic English Longhorn was part of landscape architect Humphry Repton’s original vision for Panshanger Park when he landscaped it in the late 18th century. Repton himself commented that the “quintessential English parkland should always contain Longhorn Cattle.”
As well as their historic significance, the cattle play an important role in maintaining the park’s grasslands, controlling more aggressive plant species that could otherwise dominate these areas.
The cattle are owned and looked after by park managers Maydencroft who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the park, supporting owners Tarmac and their partners, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Jez Perkins, estates manager for Maydencroft, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome the Longhorns back to the park. By grazing here, the Longhorn Cattle increase the diversity of plant species which has a positive knock-on effect for wildlife such as butterflies, bees, bats and birds. The benefits from grazing are considerable.”
With the return of the herd, the Panshanger Park team would like to remind visitors that while the cattle are calm and friendly, it is important not to disturb or feed them. Dogs must be kept on leads when using the permissive rights of way through areas where the cows are present.