The Forest Pigs
We have been getting to know pigs for the last 6 years. We live in the midst of the Wyre Forest and it didn’t take us long to realise the wonderful relationship that should exist between forest and pig.
Whilst outdoor “free range” pigs undoubtedly have a better life than their indoor reared commercial cousins, they still typically live in a relatively non stimulating environment and rely on two square meals a day.
It is only in woodland that we have seen pigs lead a fully natural life, spending the entire day foraging for the fruits of the forest, acorns, beech nuts and blackberry roots amongst their favourites, and building nests from woodland materials as nature intended.
Our pigs have a good outdoor start at home and are fed a GM free diet with no added growth promoters. As close to organic as you can get without the price tag! Once grown to a good size, about 4 months, our young stock are moved out in to the Wyre Forest to live in a totally natural environment and maturing at a natural pace.
The pigs are moved around the forest for the Forestry Commission to reduce areas of dense overgrowth to restore a natural balance to the woodland floor,a aiding natural oak regeneration. They are moved constantly to ensure that their natural diet is replenished and provent damage to the forest. Very often their drinking water is sourced from naturally occuring ground water springs.
The Wyre Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the use of our pigs as a woodland management tool has been approved by Natural England.