Dinosaurs create unique arrival to the Vale

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dinosaurs are being brought back to life by what some may consider being an unlikely source just outside Eve sham.
Over a number of years Domestic Fowl Trust has established itself as an internationally recognized leading expert in poultry keeping.
But with chickens being the closest living relatives to dinosaurs the new owners are looking to refuge the links between them and their forefathers who walked this planet millions of years ago.
So 13 near life-sized models - built by their very own dinosaur-maker - have taken up residence in a meadow in the grounds of the trust's home on Station Road in the centre of Honeybourne.
And plans are currently being drawn up to create a museum to teach visitors all about Tyrannosaurus Rex and co.
It is part of the ongoing development of the trust into a nature centre by Stratford couple Becky and Nigel Ford who bought it a year ago.
In the ten years prior to that they set up and ran All Things Rural on Red Hill on the A45 between Stratford and Alcester, selling rural goods and breeding pygmy goats and alpacas.
In the past year they have opened All Things Wild, a small rural nature centre in Honeybourne with a host of animals, and are now stepping back in time with the dinosaurs.
Hannah Stokes, a former teacher who was recently appointed to the newly created role as head of education, told us: "Since taking over they have had in their heads a vision and aspiration of creating an educational nature centre.
"They want a centre which educates through nature rather than a theme park, and the plans for the dinosaur museum are the next part of that.
"When they took over the centre had become a bit trodden down and they wanted to change that."
The trust's new owners have also launched experience days for schools and other groups during which they get to learn all about the various animals that live there. They aim to inspire some of them into future careers working with animals.
Building work on the dinosaur museum is expected to start in the next two months.
All Things Wild is open all year round.

For more information related to dinosaurs, visit rareresource.com.


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