Alpaca trekking (walking) here at Spring Farm has allowed us to meet some wonderful people and share our passion for alpacas, our farm and the amazing wildlife around us. Spring Farm is a working alpaca farm not a “petting farm” and we grow hay and haylage for sale out of our wildflower meadows. We are part of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme and as such use no pesticides or fertilisers on the farm. We don’t typically cut our wildflower hay till after the 15th July to allow for nesting birds and to allow our meadow wildflowers to flower and seed.
So far this year we have had three film crews on the farm. One has aired already (cBeebies) and the other two will air shortly. Our proximity to London and our amazing friendly alpacas are in part the reason, but I would also add the beautiful Sussex countryside and our wish to publicise alpacas in a positive way.
Our alpaca trekking or walking business is going really well and the main limitation is we only do one walk a day and don’t use the same alpacas to walk every day. We try and limit our walking group to a maximum of 8 walkers (except in special circumstances) that way the alpacas don’t become jaded and we get share around our walking duties between males/females/young and old alike!
Lastly, we also get to go off the farm occasionally to local and national events. We were very proud to take a “show” team to our local village festival – Fletching. We have also featured at the National Pet Show in London and will be at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show at the end of August.
If you are thinking about alpaca trekking or llama trekking for that matter, Spring Farm is an ideal place to do it. We are very proud to have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second time running (we have only been open for 2 years for alpaca walking)!
Lastly, we now have all our baby alpacas on the ground and safely in the field with their mum’s. We had 29 babies this year and after a couple of sales of mum’s with cria at foot, there are 26 bouncing crias in our fields and all are doing well!