Alpaca herd needs a new place to live

These alpacas need a new home.
These alpacas need a new home.
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A new home is being sought for a small herd of alpacas.

Headteacher Karen Hepworth-Lavery and her journalist husband John Lavery have six alpacas, with two new arrivals expected in late spring, but their search to find a suitable area of land near their home in Maxey, near Market Deeping, has so far proved unsuccessful.

The alpacas are currently on a farm in Essex, but the couple want to bring them much nearer home, ideally within a 10-mile radius of Maxey.

Karen said: “We had hoped to have them up here last summer but, unfortunately, our negotiations for a field near the village fell through at the eleventh hour, so now we are back to square one and looking for suitable land to rent, or even buy.

“The alpacas are primarily going to be pets, but we are hoping to be able to offer some opportunities for people to come along and meet them, and even walk with them.

“We are particularly 
interested in working with local schools and especially children with special needs for whom the opportunity to meet with alpacas can be a very rewarding and uplifting experience.

“We are ideally looking for around two to three acres of fenced land, with an available supply of water.”

• If you have an area of land that may be suitable, you can contact Karen on 07909 388505 or by email at k.hepworthlavery@