Parisien lawnmowers could soon become a lot more wooly.
A novel way to cut the grass is soon to be introduced outside the top tourist attractions in Paris.
The sheep have been brought into graze an area in a northern the north of the city around the building housing the Paris archives.
If successful the sheep, originally from an island off the Brittany coast, could be used as "lawn mowers" in other Paris parks from October.
The eco experiment which aims to rid the city of gas guzzling lawn mowers is one of a number being carried out by different companies around the city.
Last year the Louvre museum used two goats to keep the grass short in the nearby Tuileries Garden. Sylvan Girard started his business, Ecomouton, which rents sheep for mowing a year ago.
"I have a warehouse with a lawn around and I was always chasing the guy who was supposed to mow my lawn, and one day I got that idea: Ok, I will put sheep on my lawn," he says. "So I contacted sheep farmers in order to inform myself on what are the species, what are pros and cons and I began with three small sheep around my warehouse.
That's how all started." His started his business with three sheep and by the end of the year he expects to have a flock of 600. He receives calls from potential clients everyday.
Large companies who want to save money on mowing around their properties.
Using sheep is half the cost of using a mechanical mower and reduces the companies' carbon footprint.
The experiment will be monitored to ensure that the sheep do not affect the bio diversity of the area the are grazing.
"The experts of Paris town-hall which know the plants (which are seeded in Paris parks) are also following the experiment," says Marcel Collet, Paris Farm Director. "They will come and tell us if there isn't enough grass which will cause the sheep to attack other plants we want to keep in order to preserve the biodiversity in Paris".
And now the experiment could be adopted across Paris' top attractions. "We could imagine on Champ de Mars," says Fabienne Giboudeaux, Paris City Hall's Director of Green Spaces. "It could be a little bit provocative in front of the Eiffel Tower, but we have huge surfaces to mow."
She anticipates that other capital cities around the world will follow Paris' example. "They are very innovative in London, New York on environmental topics." she says. "In New York, they are constructing farms on roofs, so they could also use sheep to mow their green spaces."
The Paris experiment is taking place between April and October and if successful will then be expanded to other parts of Paris.