Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tour de France Sheep

A Yorkshire sheep farmer has marked the start of the Tour de France by dyeing his sheep in the colours of winners’ jerseys.

Farmer Keith Chapman, himself a keen cyclist, painted his flock in different colours using dye he would normally use at tupping time.

The sheep, based at Daleside Nurseries, near Harrogate, have created a mini-media frenzy and pictures have been shared hundreds of times on social media sites.
Mr Chapman has also grown more than 2,500 French marigolds in the shape of a giant yellow jersey.

Both the sheep and the flowers, which are situated along the route, created lots of attention when the Tour made its way through Yorkshire for the first time over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Writtle College, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, celebrated the tour by creating a giant landscape of more than 300 bales of haylage in a field on its 220ha estate.

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