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Karen Mower Director of Incredible Edible Knowsley with Paul Blennerhasset, Managing Director of Sterling Services (Northern) and Cllr Christine Bannon, Ward Member for Swanside and Cllr Kevin Bannon, Ward Member for Roby.

New home for charity’s chickens thanks to local business

by Emily Maguire

Knowsley based Sterling Services and community growing charity Incredible Edible have flocked together, with the construction and maintenance firm providing a new home for the charity’s brood of chickens.

The new shed, affectionally referred to as ‘Cluckingham Palace’ provides safe and secure accommodation to the 17 chickens who reside at the Incredible Edible site in Court Hey Park.

The birds were brought on site at the end of last year to enhance the offer available to the local community, through the provision of fresh eggs, as well as provide a form of therapy to the volunteers who work on the site.

Karen Mower CEO and Director of Incredible Edible Knowsley said: “Everything we do here at Incredible Edible is about making life a little bit easier for our community and our volunteers, through their generous donation Sterling Services have given us the opportunity to expand our provision and also keep our much-loved brood of chickens safe from predators.”

Paul Blennerhassett Managing Director of Sterling Services said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Incredible Edible and are thrilled to have been able to support them with this project. Social Value is at the very heart of our business, we know how important it is to take actions that benefit the environment and society, and we try to make a real difference across the communities we serve by helping with local projects.”

Incredible Edible have been based at Court Hey Park since 2019, the charity gives back to the community in a number of ways, both providing a place for people to come and learn more about growing their own food, supporting mental health and providing food for low-income families that has been grown on site.

Sterling Services are a multimillion-pound company supporting clients in sectors including education, local government, housing associations, retail and energy, offering services across electrical, building maintenance and construction. Based in Knowsley but working right throughout the UK the company pride themselves on delivering social value, and having an impact on the communities in which they work is at the heart of what they do.