Pigs & pollards

“Medieval insights for UK wood pasture restoration”.

A rather dry title but a fascinating piece by Dolly Jørgensen out of Umeå University, Sweden. In other posts elsewhere on this site I’ve talked about using cattle for pasture restoration. But it looks like pigs could be just as important:

Although cattle, sheep, and horses are often mentioned in conjunction with wood pasture restoration projects in the UK, this medieval evidence indicates that pigs may have been just as important a driver in the creation and maintenance of medieval wood pasture.

Detail of the November calendar page from a manuscript made in Metz, France, in 1302 or 1303 showing a swineherd climbing a tree to knock down acorns. British Library, public domain.

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