01 March 1999
Pigs show off forestry skills

A TRIO of pigs has been invited by an agricultural college to show landowners and agriculture students the benefits of woodland swine-herding.

Philip Broomhead, director of studies at Holme Lacy College, near Hereford, is impressed by the way the rare Tamworth breed grub their way through dense briars and bracken that could take a woodsman hours to clear.

Mr Broomhead claims the pigs can accomplish their version of forestry management without damaging young trees, while encouraging the growth of woodland flowers by opening up the soil to the sun.

The pigs are owned by the Prudential Assurance Company and are used on its 3642ha (9000 acre) estate at Shenmore, near Hereford.