Wild boars wreck Forest of Dean football pitch

And not for the first time… Here’s the BBC report via YouTube

People sound surprised that the boar is doing what it does in the woods….

From the BBC Sports News site:

Wild boars have caused havoc at the home ground of a non-league football club by tearing up the pitch twice in the space of one week.


Gloucester Northern Senior League side Soudley AFC is on the edge of the Forest of Dean and the club estimate the damage will cost more than £1,000.


It is now the third time the club have been hit with the troublesome boars.


“Our groundsman reckons it could be up until Christmas until the pitch is fit again,” said club chairman Ian Marfell.


“We had a call from the local groundsman and he said the boars had been on and that it had been torn up pretty bad. So after work on Monday we went down and had a look and the pitch was in a terrible state. It was in a horrible mess.


“More have snuck back in since, after we’d done a lot of work to sort the damage the first time.”


The boars managed to break through the fences surrounding the ground, leading into the Forest. Five years ago the club had to contend with the same problem but the damage was less severe.

Wild boar were deliberately reintroduced into Britain in the 1970s.


“There was a boar expert down there the other day and he said they are creatures of habit. Because it’s a cut field, they like it better so they get the worms and grubs and things like that,” Marfell told BBC Sport. “They just like to get in their quickly and dig up what they are looking for.”…

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