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Chicken owners are dressing their animals in hi visibility jackets to help them cross the road safely

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The bibs, costing £12 and available in pink or yellow, went on sale earlier this month.

Best dressed chicken in town: hens go hi-vis

By Jasper Copping
The Telegraph
19 Oct 2013

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It will not solve the riddle as to why the chicken crossed the road, but it might mean that the bird is more easily spotted when it does so.

After public officials, cyclists and schoolchildren, the nation’s pet chickens have become the latest group to succumb to Britain’s “high visibility” culture.

Owners are dressing their domestic flocks in new fluorescent bibs, which have been specially designed to keep the creatures seen in the autumn evenings.

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Petition: Save Kentish Town City Farm (UK)

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To ensure that sufficient funding is available to run this National treasure.

To: Camden Council, Boris Johnson.
Why is this important?

Over the past 40 years Kentish Town City Farm has been a focal point for the whole local community. In 1972 a team of volunteers, farm workers and architects worked together to develop the site. Throughout its history, The Farm has been a vital resource for the physical and mental health of the residents of Camden and indeed London. It has hosted a range of different community events, from pop up art stalls to pony riding and free gardening lessons.

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Urban farming: producing the food of tomorrow

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Inner city farms are becoming an important area for delivering produce

By Jamie Carter
MSN Innovation
22/09/2013

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Many Brits are doing their bit already, with the roughly 300,000 council-run allotments in more demand than ever. “A lot of urban farming is on a personal level,” says Dominic Medway, professor of marketing at Manchester Business School, himself a farmer, who thinks that the renaissance of urban farming in Britain – at least among the middle classes – is being spearheaded by cookery writers like Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver. “The idea that you can use your garden to grow vegetables, or your balcony to keep chickens, it’s like people trying to get back to The Good Life,” says Medway.

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