ALPACAS IN TV TURN

Kent Life - - The Insider’s Guide -

An al­paca herd on Rom­ney Marsh re­ceived star treat­ment when eight celebri­ties from 5STAR’s TV re­al­ity show Celebs on the Farm took on the chal­lenge to get up close and per­sonal with them. The herd at Al­paca An­nie in Bur­marsh weren’t phased at all by the celebs at­tempt­ing their var­i­ous and of­ten mucky farm­ing tasks.

View­ers saw TOWIE’s Me­gan McKenna and Bobby Nor­ris, Danc­ing on Ice judge Louie Spence, ex- Strictly pro dancer

Gleb Savch­neko, judo Olympian Ash­ley McKen­zie, Sandi Bo­gie from Gog­gle­box, Ex On The Beach glam­our girl Char­lotte Daw­son and ac­tress Lor­raine Chase com­pet­ing for the Best in Show rosette.

Owner An­nie Clifton-Holt said: “The celebri­ties were sur­pris­ingly good and the alpacas loved them. They are gen­tle an­i­mals and nat­u­rally in­quis­i­tive, which led to a lot of fun and laugh­ter dur­ing film­ing. While the pro­gramme is full of hu­mour it also show­cases the di­ver­sity and hard work of UK farm­ers.”

Al­paca An­nie at Hague­lands Farm is the dream of An­nie and Robert Clifton-Holt (above) who started the ven­ture as a hobby in 2009. The herd has steadily grown – the re­cent farm-bred cria (baby al­paca) was named South­gate – and has evolved into a thriv­ing busi­ness sell­ing cloth­ing, home­ware and gifts made from the herd’s own wool.

The farm also of­fers al­paca trekking on Rom­ney Marsh and Meet and Greet ses­sions which in­cludes hand feed­ing.

An­nie and Robert Clifton-Holt with their alpacas

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