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14 April 2012, 06:00
More people have taken an interest in producing their own food by growing veg and keeping chickens in their gardens.
The British Hen Welfare Trust rehoused over 3000 hens in Hertfordshire alone last year.
That’s a thousand more than the previous year.
They think it could be because people have taken more of an interest in where the eggs they eat are coming from.
Mary-Jane Bracci from Stotfold in Bedfordshire brought 4 hens for her garden last week
"To be able to go out in the garden and pick your own fresh eggs and have them for breakfast is lovely, much nicer than going to the supermarket, you don't know how long they've been in the supermarket, these are still warm"
Kettering Borough Council told Heart they have seen an incredible increase in the number of allotment applications they have received.
they says its no longer just a hobby for retired men.
Women, and younger generations have started growing their own too.
Tanya Mayhew is 34 years old and has an allotment patch in Kettering.
She's growing spuds, onions, basil, beetroot and lettuce.
She told Heart:
"I like the idea of getting organic food but its a bit pricey so i thought id grow my own"