Marketing Gloucester have been working with the Royal Three Counties Show team to develop the trail. This year’s focus is to encourage a deeper understanding of Gloucestershire’s rural heritage, promote cultural tourism in the county and raise money for local charities. We are particularly pleased that the Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) has been chosen to feature in the trail. The breed, along with many of our other native pig breeds have declined rapidly in the past 3 years, with numbers of registered breeding GOS sows dropping by over 50% since 2014.
There will be twenty statues of the pigs dotted around the city with an additional twenty around the county. Each figure will be roughly a metre high and decorated by well known local personalities and schools – look out for our pig designed by Adam, which will be a temporary feature at the Farm Park this summer!
Listeners of BBC Radio Gloucestershire were asked to suggest names for the trail back in 2016. We were touched to hear that the most popular suggestion was that the trail be named after Cotswold Farm Park founder, the late Joe Henson.
The trail will be running from June to August so keep your eyes peeled for these porky figures around Gloucestershire. Maps of the trail can be found at local tourist information offices and more info online at the Facebook page.