Philippa Forrester


The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buy only UK produced free-range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.

Philippa Forrester - "Rehoming ex-battery hens has given me such pleasure, from the moment we place them on their first grass to the months that follow as they settle in. I love every moment, the sunshine on their backs, the new plumage and of course, the best thing, which is that with this wonderful freedom comes their increased confidence to finally be a chicken and enjoy doing all the things that chickens like to do!

Our batch of thirteen hens arrived in silence but they are already becoming vocal and beginning to tell me all about it!  Every day the British Hen Welfare Trust transforms lives - and not just those of the chickens"

Philippa Forrester is an English television and radio presenter, producer and author. She has presented shows such as Tomorrow's World, The Heaven and Earth Show and Robot Wars. She has also made wildlife programmes with her husband, Charlie Hamilton James. In September 2013, she made her TV comeback co-presenting farming show Harvest on the BBC.

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