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Hen ‘picked’ at the library

Press Release   •   Feb 14, 2013 11:56 GMT

Hens that were hatched at Topping Fold Community Centre and Library are now thriving in their unusual permanent home.

They are living in the chicken pen and coop in the library’s community garden, built by members of the Brighter Futures Project with funding from Topping Fold Tenants and Residents Association and Six Town Housing.

Claire Bebbington, community development officer, said: “Dotty, Queenie and Hilda are light Sussex hens and are growing fast. Their combs are getting big and they are getting noisier, which means they should start laying soon. Jack Murray and Diane Wood are two of the volunteers who have been taking care of the chickens so I would like to thank them for all their help and support with this project.”

The chickens and community garden can be viewed at times when the library is normally open. 

Volunteers to help in the community garden, or people who have donations such as plants and seeds, should call Topping Fold Community Centre and Library on 0161 253 7890 or email


Press release issued: 14 February 2013.

Picture attached: Dottie, Queenie and Hilda – the Topping Fold hens.