Pigs in the park at Holt

Just Regional
Dec 3, 2015 2 mins read

Countryside rangers at North Norfolk District Council have struck up a deal with a Norfolk pig grazier to help reduce dense bracken and bramble in a section of Holt Country Park.

The innovative approach to keeping bramble and bracken at bay will see six large black pigs let free to munch their way through the undergrowth.

If left to grow unchecked the bracken and bramble would smother out other species of plant and make it harder for them to flourish.

The pigs, owned by Mark Tasker of Wildwood Farm in North Elmham, have come from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

Becky Palmer, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at North Norfolk District Council said: “I think this is fantastic. It makes perfect sense to use the pigs’ natural instincts to curb the dense bracken and bramble and I hope that this idea really catches on for other areas of the district. We will post warning signs up in the park and make sure the signs are visible from the path so country park visitors and dog walkers are aware.”

People are being urged not to feed the pigs as Foot and Mouth disease can be spread from kitchen scraps; and dog walkers are being asked to keep their dogs on a lead in this small area for the benefit of the pigs and dogs.

The pigs will be kept in a 20m x 20m area that will be penned in and provided with everything they need, a warm shelter, water and some supplementary feed. They will also be checked at least twice a day to ensure the highest standard of animal welfare.

Pictures: Photographers’ Gallery, Holt

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