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Students use their ‘quacking’ skills to aid animal sanctuary
Thursday, 21 June 2012
BUILDING: The students put together the duck and hen houses.
STUDENTS from Havering College have helped ducks and chickens at an animal sanctuary live a little better.
The Level 3 Diplomna in carpentry and joinery students at the college’s Rainham Campus Construction Centre have built two duck and hen houses for Hopefield in Brentwood.
The project has provided a living, outdoor classroom environment where the students have been able to demonstrate their skills.
The wooden buildings have taken several months to complete and the students have worked through all weathers, closely observed by a herd of alpacas in the next field.
Sanctuary manager Dave Schlaich said: “We are extremely grateful to the Havering College construction students. After leading miserable lives as battery hens, our rescued chickens, as well as the ducks, are enjoying new lives of luxury at Hopefield.
“The new buildings are extremely well constructed and durable. They have also been surrounded by an electric fence to be as fox-proof as possible.”
Havering College lecturer Malcolm Brown said: “The students have done a brilliant job. These are students who have progressed with the college and it shows the high level of skills they have built up.”
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