Free range, Woodland eggs have featured in Sainsbury’s stores since 2004, following farmer John Widdowson’s observations on how his hens preferred the shade and protection of trees.
This behaviour stems from the hen's natural "jungle fowl" instinct to shelter under trees and protect themselves from predators. Woodland hens are more content to forage and roam, spending more time outside and ranging further making them happier, healthier hens which lay top quality eggs.
We are so proud of our Woodland farms that we encourage you to discover where your woodland egg was laid by typing the number printed on the egg into our egg tracker.
We work closely with all our farmers and now have 180 Woodland farms in our Egg Development Group producing Woodland eggs across the UK.
All our Woodland farms are:
Over the years we have developed an award winning partnership with the Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. They have provided essential support and advice on tree planting and maintenance to our farmers.
For every dozen eggs sold, we automatically donate 1p to the Woodland Trust to help fund tree planting projects throughout the UK including supplying free sapling packs to the Sainsbury's Active Kids campaign. Donations to date have been in excess of £1m and over 500,000 trees have been planted.
The donation is essential considering that since the 1930's, the UK has lost over 50% of its ancient woodland, and is one of the least wooded countries in Europe.
If you would like to know more about the work of the Woodland Trust or want to get involved in protecting our Woodland, visit the Woodland Trust's website.
It is not just laying hens which benefit from the cover of trees on their range area. You'll also find that all of our free range chicken is produced to the same high standard with trees planed on the range area and 2p from every pack donated to the Woodalnd Trust.
At Christmas time, all of our free range turkeys are produced to Woodland standards with 10p from every pack being donated to the Woodland Trust.
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