Himley Hall and Park had to hastily close its gates this morning when a flock of adventurous sheep wandered into the grounds. The park was back open again shortly after 9am.
Staff on site quickly got into shepherd mode and rounded up the 250-strong flock who had wandered into the park from a neighbouring field when the electric fence containing them broke down.
The park had to be briefly closed to visitors in order to protect the sheep and their lambs who seemed to particularly enjoy wandering among the recently blooming bluebells.
Thankfully no sheep were harmed and they returned quietly to their field following their brief jaunt to the site which is usually more popular with humans.
Tracey Reece, site manager said:
"It wasn’t quite what we were expecting when we turned up for work this morning, but then again, every day here is different! The sheep seemed to enjoy their time grazing on the lawn and returned home with good grace.
"I think they wanted to get in before the Bank Holiday weekend, to make the most of our beautiful site and the bluebells which are really coming into their own."
The park is open every day from 7am – 7pm and the popular Himley Hatch serving hot and cold drinks and light snacks is open from 9.30am – 4pm every day. All day parking costs just £2.