Cattle returning to Sutton Park

By on 02/05/2013 in News

Cattle returning to Sutton Park on Tuesday 7 May have been given a clean bill of health.

And Birmingham City Council has worked closely with Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) to put a number of new safeguards in place following last year's e-coli outbreak. 

Measures taken to minimise the risk of further infection include: 

  • Additional hand washing facilities which are signposted
  • New catering facilities and hand washing area at Banners Gate entrance, by the children's play area
  • New fencing – makes it clear people are entering a grazed area and creates greater separation between cattle and people to minimise the risk of further infection
  • New cattle grids – reminds people they are entering an area with cattle and to take care
  • Working partnership formed between Public Health England and Birmingham City Council 

Visitors to the park are asked to wash their hands as they would when visiting any rural location, especially after contact with animals and before eating. 

Sutton Park National Nature Reserve is an important site for wildlife and conservation.  Grazing livestock have played an important part in managing the landscape for centuries.  They play a vital role in the site's ecosystem. 

Darren Share, Head of Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “The cattle have long been a feature of Sutton Park but public safety is paramount so we have been working with Public Health England to put in place a range of new measures so that people can enjoy the park safely this summer.” 

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 For more information contact Birmingham City Council Press Office on 0121 303 3287.

 

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