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Hen charity starts work on first rehoming centre
BHWT founder, Jane Howorth MBE, celebrating the fact work has begun on the charity's new centre.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has begun work on its first hen welfare and education centre.

Located in north Devon, the 250 square metre building will comprise a state-of-the-art rehoming centre and fully equipped veterinary clinic.

One end of the centre will be used for rehoming, while the other will house a central coop for hens, with a walkway around the outside with one-way glass, to allow for demonstrations, whilst avoiding hens becoming overwhelmed.

There will also be a space for educational institutions, businesses, vets and other professionals to learn more about the charity’s work. The education team are putting together course material with a view to training veterinary students online and through instructional visits.

The project, affectionately termed ‘Project Vicky’, will welcome its first batch of rescued hens by the end of 2019. Vicky was among the first flock rehomed by the charity’s founder Jane Howorth MBE (pictured) in 1995.

Image © Guy Harrop

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