Loving Local: Supporting our communities

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At THE PIGs, we recognise our responsibility to be a force for good, making sure the patches we call home (and the people that make them so) are well looked after.

That’s why each PIG has a dedicated, local charity partner to help make a positive impact in the communities we’re rooted in, working together to make sure we leave the land in a better way than we found it.

Meet the brilliant local charities we’re proud to have as our partners and friends…

THE PIG-at Harlyn Bay

The Wave Project

At our most westerly PIG, THE PIG-at Harlyn Bay, we are proud partners with The Wave Project. This fantastic, local charity are based down here with us in Cornwall – they advocate for helping to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing through their award-winning Surf Therapy programme and specialist Adaptive Surfing Hubs.

As our new charity partner for 2024, we’re getting fully stuck in with the team and planning how we can work together to support this incredibly valuable cause in the community.

THE PIG-at Combe

Children’s Hospice South West

In the Otter Valley, at THE PIG-at Combe, we’re proud supporters of Children’s Hospice South West, who provide hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their whole family.

Last year, our teams helped raise money for Children’s Hospice South West by walking 50 miles from Bude to Harlyn Bay over 3 days (some of our shoes even broke from the steep terrains!). And, in October, two of our lovely Potting Shed therapists headed over to Little Bridge House (the hospice in Devon) to host a day of treatments and afternoon tea, prepared by our Pastry Team.  

We have more plans in store for this year, including volunteering to help tend to the gardens at Little Bridge House and creating a pop-up PIG restaurant with our chefs for parents and families.

 

THE PIG-near Bath

Jamie’s Farm

Tucked in the folds of the Mendip Hills, our team at THE PIG-near Bath are passionate about supporting Jamie’s Farm – a charity blending farming, family, therapy and legacy into a five-day residential and follow-up programme, that acts as a catalyst for change, helping young people to thrive at school and beyond. With Jamie’s Farm, we volunteer, raise awareness and donate to help wherever possible – and they’re even one of our local suppliers of lamb for delicious dishes on our menu!

THE PIG-on the beach

Studland Bay Marine Partnership

On the Dorset coast, THE PIG-on the beach are proud to support the Studland Bay Marine Partnership. This Partnership is made up of a wide group of conservation and boating organisations, academics, grassroots community groups and local businesses who joined together to protect and restore the sensitive seagrass habitat at Studland (which is home to our beautiful seahorses!).

One major threat to seagrass – and seahorses – is the destructive design of traditional anchor moorings. The heavy metal chains of anchor systems often drag along the seabed, pulling up the fragile seagrass roots hidden beneath the water.

Through a mixture of crowdfunding by The Seahorse Trust and donations from the National Trust, the Crown Estate and THE PIG-on the beach, the support has so far helped to install 22 eco-moorings (and counting!) to protect the precious seahorse population at Studland Bay.

THE PIG

The New Forest Trust

In the New Forest, at THE PIG, The New Forest Trust is close to our hearts – and to our doorstep! The charity support the conservation of the unique landscape we call home as well as protect the forest wildlife and traditional commoning way of life.

The New Forest Trust is heavily invested in helping to reduce the number of animal accidents on the roads across the forest – and, last summer, the funds raised from THE PIG helped to re-print “Sally the Pony” storybooks which The New Forest Trust distribute around the area to help educate and inspire behaviour change.

THE PIG-in the South Downs

South Downs National Park Trust

Trotting across the countryside to Madehurst, our team at THE PIG-in the South Downs are proud partners with the South Downs National Park Trust – an independent charity increasing support for our much-loved landscape.

We love how they share our passion for bees so, naturally, we support their Beelines Appeal – planting new wildflower corridors in our gardens and grounds to connect pockets of species-rich chalk grassland across the Downs.

 

THE PIG-at Bridge Place

Lily’s Social Kitchen

Finally, over at our red-bricked musical honeypot in Kent, THE PIG-at Bridge Place, we’re so pleased to support Lily’s Social Kitchen. Lilly’s are a social enterprise creating work and training opportunities for people from all walks of life through their cafes, catering business and office space. Lily’s share our commitment to food, training and development – and, last year, the funds we raised went towards a new kitchenette for the Lily’s team.

Watch this space, and keep an eye on our Instagram and TikTok, to see more of how we’re supporting our local charity partners – and the community – this year and beyond. We’re not saying we’re perfect, but you can be sure we’re thinking about every detail, every day to make a positive difference where we can.

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