Community allotment in Otley adopts rescued battery hens

Hen at Otley Community Allotment - Lorea

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:44pm 26th February 2019. (Updated at 12:50pm 26th February 2019)

A community allotment in Otley which is available for local people of all ages to grow fruit and vegetables, is now also home to three rescued battery hens. 

  • The project is aiming to tackle loneliness, encourage the consumption of locally grown food and educate local school children.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with gardening help, knowledge and food education
  • The allotment is located to the South of the town on Birdcage Lane, at the bottom of Johnny Lane. 

Set up by the Otley Community Land Trust, people of all ages are welcome to lend a hand, eat some of the produce and enjoy the company of some new feathery family members. 

Otley Community Allotment team on Birdcage Lane
The team at the Otley Community Allotment are friendly bunch and would love to see you there!

Originally set up in July 2018, following lots of weeding, digging and preparation, the allotment is now all ready for the growing season to come. 

A recent donation from the council has allowed the organisers to buy some seeds to get started, but further donations from the public are also hugely appreciated. 

Otley Community Allotment on Birdcage Lane
The allotment is tackling loneliness as well as inspiring future generations to grow their own produce.

The arrival of rescue battery hens

The Otley Community Allotment has just welcomed three rescued battery hens to become part of the family. 

And some more egg-cellent news? They've already started laying eggs!

Introduced Arabella...

Hen at Otley Community Allotment - Arabella
Arabella seems to be settling well into her new home.


Hen at Otley Community Allotment - Lorea
The name Lorea means flower from the Basque Country

And Eleanor!

Hen at Otley Community Allotment - Eleanor
It's dinner time for Eleanor.

How could you help at the Otley Community Allotment?

  • You could come to one of our Saturday morning (10am) weekly work parties
  • You could come down on an evening and help water the plants
  • You could donate some unwanted garden tools or plants
  • Just come down to share some knowledge and eat some of the fruits of our labours.

The team from the Otley Community Land Trust can contacted in a variety of ways if you'd like to help. 

Or simply turn up on a Saturday morning at 10am. 


Schools are welcome!

Otley Community Allotment on Birdcage Lane
Could you lend a hand at the Otley Community Allotment?

Listen to May Norman from the Stray FM team talk to Andrew Howarth, the Director of the Otley Community Land Trust about the community allotment:

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