A local nonprofit group is looking to bring goats to a popular park in order to clear an invasive species without using chemicals. The New Canaan Garden Club has proposed a monthslong project inside Irwin Park, according to information disclosed Tuesday during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Asked about the project, Garden Club President Ellen Zumbach said Irwin has “a significant invasive problem” with plants, “particularly with Japanese Knotweed, where it’s encroaching on the Flexi pave path,” Zumbach said. “It’s called the bully of invasives—it really spreads a lot.”
According to Zumbach, the goats would be confined to an area near the gazebo and would be corralled in some fashion. “They’re very sociable and friendly animals,” she said.