The Pig at Bridge Place enables endangered gorillas to trough

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The Pig at Bridge Place in Kent is sending produce from its kitchen gardens to those who are vulnerable and in need during the coronavirus outbreak, including delivering vegetables to a sanctuary of endangered gorillas.

The hotel part of Robin Hutson’s Home Grown Hotels, is gifting its homegrown harvest of fruit and vegetables to the doorsteps of NHS workers and others working on the frontline fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also included in the produce drop is the gorilla residents of Howletts Wild Animal Park, who will be feasting on parsnips, chard, celeriac and spring onions that would otherwise go to waste as guests stall on their travel plans.

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Speaking to the Telegraph, Guy Freedman, hotel director, said: “We didn’t want any food to go to waste but veg can only be preserved for so long.  We have asked all in our local village of Bridge to let us know what they need and have ensured that the local NHS workers, elderly and vulnerable take what they want.

“We still found ourselves with leftover veg as the gardens are at their most productive in April, May and June. So we are delighted to have found that the gorillas are happy recipients.”

Earlier this month, BH reported how the opening of the seventh Pig and the first in Cornwall, was to be delayed due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

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