Staff from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's The Willows Care Farm have decided to raise money so they can welcome the first animals to the site since opening in November, two adorable Kune Kune pigs.

Care Farms are recognised as thriving and effective settings that offer children, young people and adults with individual needs the opportunity for meaningful education and work-based experiences in nature conservation, farming, horticulture and Forest School activities.

By welcoming these two pigs we will also be able to offer practical animal husbandry skills to our students. We hope that by providing our students with regular, positive interactions with these two pigs it will encourage a number of health and emotional benefits, including increased confidence and concentration, improved social and emotional skills, encouraging empathy and reduced anxieties.

The money we raise will go towards the first year's feed, bedding, housing and vet bills. We hope to be able to secure rescue pigs and provide them with the best new home possible.

As for the challenge itself, we will be paddling by any means possible paddleboard, canoe and kayak, launching from Bradford-on-Avon and finishing at Devizes Wharf. This is a total of 13 Miles with 37 locks. It’ll be a challenging one-day fundraiser (around 10hr) taking place on 18th September 2021.

The team taking part all work at the Care Farm and will be paddling in the hope that in the new school term we can see the smiles on the students faces when they get to meet the new residents.

Thank you for your donations.

The Willows' Team