In the past, animals grazing on urban green spaces like Hagley Park, Christchurch, would have been a common sight. Farm animals were kept in urban areas well into the 20th century and parks were a convenient place to house and feed them, particularly if saleyards were nearby. Owners had to get permission from the local council – but not all did, particularly in the early days of settlement when local government structures were still emerging.
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