FOOD NEWS: The Vyne welcomes chickens
PUBLISHED: 16:52 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:03 20 February 2013
This spring the National Trust's The Vyne near Basingstoke is welcoming some unusual new members to its gardening team.
This spring the National Trusts The Vyne near Basingstoke is welcoming some unusual new members to its gardening team. Ten chickens are coming on board as part of a DEFRA-funded project to promote the concept of sustainable living and grow your own.
The Vyne is one of 30 National Trust properties to have benefitted from the 500,000 DEFRA Greener Living Fund grant, with which the Trust aims to influence 400,000 visitors to make more sustainable food choices.
Visiting children can help to feed and water the hens, while everyone, young and old, discovers more about the art of poultry care and what happens to The Vynes eggs once theyre laid. The hens will be free to roam around the walled garden area.
The Vyne is one of the National Trusts most self-sufficient properties, growing over 40 varieties of apple, as well as plums, pears, peaches, mulberries and figs. The second arm of the DEFRA project will see the introduction of fruit cages, with strawberries the first to appear in early summer.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL,