Gloucestershire Old Spots Trail: Will you spot a Henson?
PUBLISHED: 12:15 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:15 18 April 2017
The Royal Three Counties Gloucestershire Old Spots Trail will begin on Saturday June 3 until the end of August
A brand new sculpture trail celebrating one of Gloucestershire’s best known exports is coming to Gloucester and around the Shire this summer. Forty one-metre tall Gloucestershire Old Spot sculptures will be painted, decorated and interpreted by a variety of artists from all over the country before being unveiled on Saturday June 3.
The oldest pedigree pig in the UK, the Gloucestershire Old Spot, originated in the Vale of Berkeley and is known as the ‘orchard pig’, having traditionally grazed on windfallen apples and whey from cheesemakers.
The sculpture is named Henson Pig in tribute to Joe Henson and son Adam, who did so much to help preserve the rare breed that is synonymous with the county. Joe opened Cotswold Farm Park in 1971 and helped found the Rare Breeds Survival Trust two years later. Only 100 to 120 Gloucestershire Old Spot sows were registered in existence in the world when the Trust began.
The trail will last until the end of August and is organised by Marketing Gloucester, who brought Scrumpty to the city in 2015, attracting over 300,000 visitors.