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This October we took a flock of sheep down Constitution Hill as part of UK Wool Week, a campaign raising awareness of the great benefits of wool.

These days it's rare to see sheep in London's Royal Parks, but they were a common sight as recently as the 1940s, with evidence that they were a part of the parks from the 1850s.

It's not the first time that sheep have been spotted in our parks this year, with a successful grazing trial having taken place in the summer. Now we're looking at expanding the project to other parks - including Hyde Park, the setting for the photos and clippings from The Hearsum Collection below.

The Woolly Roadshow

The flock of sheep came from our friends at the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, who we worked with along with The Woolly Roadshow, who have been hosting a series of events to promote British sheep and wool.

Make your own wool

To hear more about the history of sheep in the Royal Parks and to have a go at spinning your own yarn to take home with you, book yourself onto our Traditional Craft: Wool Spinning workshop 16th March with author Brenda Gibson.

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