Generous donor sponsors sculpture on behalf of Suffolk Wildlife Trust ahead of this summer’s Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich

Norman Lloyd of Pigs Gone Wild (L to R) with Simon Burnham-Slipper and Michael Strand of Suffolk Wil

Norman Lloyd of Pigs Gone Wild (L to R) with Simon Burnham-Slipper and Michael Strand of Suffolk Wildlife Trust with Tally Ho the pig.

Sheep at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Foxburrow Farm field centre unexpectedly came face-to-face with a pig – but were left bemused and puzzled by their colourful visitor.

Pigs Gone Wild sees St Elizabeth Hospice teamed with Wild in Art to stage a mass-participation public art event, which this summer will see the creation of an interactive sculpture trail that will feature more than 40 pigs across Ipswich and beyond.

The pigs, decorated by artists and generously sponsored by businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks and will be joined by a sounder of piglet sculptures designed by schoolchildren and teachers, which will appear in litters across the town.

Project mascot Tally-Ho visited the SWT site at Melton to promote the exciting project.

Michael Strand, development manager at Suffolk Wildlife Trust, said the trust had been gifted a pig by a kind donor and in the coming weeks would be choosing the design that will adorn the animal – staff were hoping it would be a hedge-pig, otherwise known as hedgehog.

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Mr Strand said: “The Pigs Gone Wild initiative is exciting for Ipswich and Suffolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to be involved.

“As a charity we work year round to inspire young people about the natural world and we often use the beautiful parks in Ipswich to do this.

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Pigs Gone Wild offers a great opportunity to highlight what we are doing in Ipswich in a really fun way.”

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