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Alistair Tosh

8th Jul 2022

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IMI introduces ‘goatscaping’ biodiversity project to campus

Time for your close up: One of the eight goats as part of the IMI on-campus biodiversity project takes a closer look.

At IMI, our mission is to equip leaders to build the future.

This future depends on finding creative ways to sustainably deliver performance. We’ve been playing our part in realising that vision by reducing our carbon footprint as we’ve adopted a paperless approach with our programme materials.

Recently, we’ve taken another positive step by introducing a ‘goatscaping’ biodiversity project to campus, an initiative that was jointly sponsored by DLRCOCO and Corporate Catering.

The goats made the IMI campus their home for two weeks to highlight ‘goatscaping’ as an alternative to the use of chemicals or heavy equipment. A large area was cleared of unwanted, non-native undergrowth.

The manager of the happy herd of eight goats is William Walsh of www.billysrentagoat.ie

This is the first business delivering this innovative service in Ireland.

Goats can be used for preventing wildfires, controlling invasive species and managing land in a manner that respects and protects nature.

IMI CEO Dr. Simon Boucher pictured with Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, on the IMI Campus in Sandyford, Dublin.

The sustainability project was sponsored by the IMI, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Corporate Catering.

Cllr Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, visited the campus to examine the feasibility of using goats at other sites under the Council’s guardianship.

Learn more about Billy’s Rent a Goat here: https://billysrentagoat.ie/