Poultry farm that helped troubled teens to close

A poultry farm that taught young people in trouble about agriculture is closing due to financial difficulties.

Highfields Happy Hens was set up in 1984 in Derbyshire, and its founder Roger Hosking was made an MBE in 2010 for his work with schools and youth offending services.

Hosking, 76, said he and his wife Beryl had been taking in 30 children a week but had got into difficulties with all the paperwork required.

He told the BBC: “For the past two years I’ve been borrowing money to keep going and now we’ve got ourselves into trouble with the banks so the only thing to do is sell the farm.”

He said he hoped in the future to be able to resume the work on a smaller scale.

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