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Just a few days to go until our Christmas Fair! Ahead of the festivities, our staff and volunteers have been hard at working decorating the main courtyard. Many thanks to our corporate volunteer group from we-worldwide.com who spent a chilly morning helping decorate trees, hang tinsel and much much more! They certainly add a festive touch to the courtyard!

Over the next few days we’ll be making a few more additions, then just need to wait for Santa and his elves to arrive and kick off the festivities on Saturday! We hope you’ll join us then!


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A huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! A very happy International Volunteer Day as well!

Tonight we hosted our very first Volunteer Appreciation Day. It was lovely to hear about the important work that volunteers undertake in all of Mudchute’s departments and many aspects of work. Our volunteers lend their valuable and diverse expertise in so many ways and make an enormous contribution. Whether you’ve been a part of the Mudchute family for months or “centuries”, we are incredibly grateful for your time and support!

To find out more about voluntering at Mudchute, visit our website or drop us an email our volunteering team.


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The handsome visiting boar.

The handsome visiting boar.

Our Tamworth girls have a handsome new visitor. The dark ginger boar is visiting the gilts at Mudchute and we hope their time together will be productive. (Bit of pig terminology: a gilt is a female pig who has yet to have her first litter, after that she is known as a sow. The boar seems to be getting on well with our gilt so far. They make a happy, chatty pair, greeting visitors enthusiastically (and rather noisily!). We hope to be welcoming some ginger piglets next Spring if things continue to go well. Gestation (pregnancy) in pigs lasts about 115 days (just over 3.5 months). In the meantime, it’s lovely to see the pair together. Can’t wait to see Tamworth piglets? You can take a trip down memory lane and look back at how tiny the two sows once were!

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