Gardeners’ World Live 2017

Today we drove to the NEC in Birmingham to be part of the volunteer group for the British Hen Welfare Trust stall.

We left early so that we’d be there for the 9am start, and after a few words from Ian as to what to expect, it was all go! There were 4 or 5 BHWT volunteers there throughout the day, and the time just flew by! The day was spent speaking to the show visitors about what the charity does, how you could re-home ex-commercial hens, and the pleasure and joy that owning hens as pets will provide.
I was due to give the talks at the stand, and there was a BHWT provided presentation that I went through, as well as showing a few of our own hen transformation pictures, so that people could see the huge change that occurs if these hens are given the right environment and conditions. The talks became more of a Q&A session, which was good, as it’s always better to speak about the things that are most relevant to the audience.

There were also other exhibitors in the poultry area and it was great to meet them and talk all things chickens! Poultry Talk  were the pure breed experts and gave a very informative talk about the hobby in general as well as outlining some of the pure breed chickens.
Hetty’s Hen House  brought along some great Hentastic products to show that treats can be nutritious and full of goodness, as well as some lovely treat holders. Peck & Feather  had a great stall with lots of poultry themed jewellery and scarves to see and Dengie  were there to talk about the poultry bedding they’ve developed in association with the BHWT.

We left the show at 6pm, then had a little wander around the gardens before heading off in the Birmingham heat for a lakeside pizza, and gave our aching legs a chance to recover before driving home.

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