East of England Co-op announced as 'Pigsty Partner'

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We are excited to be announced as the official ‘Pigsty Partner’ for the Pigs Gone Wild project, providing all pigs with a place to call home before they’re released to roam the streets of Ipswich this summer.

The pig sculptures arrived in the country earlier this month and headed to a secret pigsty location, which has now been revealed as our warehouse space on Boss Hall Industrial Park in Ipswich.

Snuggled up in warm blankets, the pigs will stay in their new home until the trail starts on Monday 27 June. Around 40 large pig sculptures, decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be dotted throughout Ipswich town centre and the Waterfront for ten weeks and will be joined by 30 junior pigs, created by local schools and community groups.

After the trail, the junior pigs will be given back to their schools and groups, whilst the larger pigs will return to the pigsty before they are auctioned later in the year to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Nick Denny, Joint Chief Executive for the East of England Co-op said; “We are excited to be involved with the Pigs Gone Wild project and look forward to seeing the town come alive in the summer months when families from across the region take part in the trail. We are very happy to be able to offer one of our warehouse spaces to host the pigs in the lead up to the trail - we hope they are settling in well and relaxing before their big adventure.”

The Property Team look after a portfolio of over 500 investment properties across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk; 250 of which are let to commercial businesses. Its commercial units and residential properties are worth over £100 million and produce an income of £7 million each year.

Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the East of England Co-op on board as our Pigsty Partner and we’re very grateful to them for giving our piggies a home before and after the trail.

“Pigs Gone Wild is set to be the biggest mass participation public art event Suffolk has ever seen and as a local project it’s great to have the ‘local’ Co-op as partner.”

For more information about the warehouse space and to find out more about properties leased and sold by the East of England Co-op, please visit our Property pages.