Once upon a time in The Land Of The Lakes...
Emma (writer, illustrator, and maker of beautifully whimsical things) found herself accidentally nodding her head when Terry (former soldier in the British Army, ne’er do well, and thinker of Big Ideas) informed her that having moved from inner city Manchester to The Lake District the only sensible thing for them to do in their spare time, was to start taking care of Peruvian livestock. Everyone told them it was a terrible idea… they gave each other a wink and went off and did it anyway.
The two entrepreneurs are fast learners and dedicated grafters, and they now have a herd of over one hundred and sixty delightfully funny-looking re-homed and rescued alpacas and llamas, all supported by a hugely successful Social Enterprise. They chose the social enterprise model, specifically a Community Interest Company, because they firmly believe that it is the most forward thinking and sustainable approach to doing useful work in the world. It is a model that makes best use of their entrepreneurial skills and enables them to do something positive and innovative with the land where they live.
If there is one thing this pair are good at, it is recruiting People of Exceptional Skill to their cause, and over the last four years they have collected an amazing team of misfits with such a broad and dynamic set of abilities, that everything from graphic design, product development and manufacture, to alpaca shearing, environmental surveys and veterinary procedures are all done in house.
We have found the most beautiful homes for the Alpacaly Ever After herd and are lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing businesses in The Lake District. We are proud to be rated at Tripadvisors No.1 activity to do in the Lake District winning the Travellers Choice Award and getting the Best of Britain Activities title in 2020 which saw in such illustrious company as Buckingham Palace and Covent garden! All of the animals that come into our care have a home for life and the dedicated care of our team of seven full time guides and four directors.
The income generated from welcoming visitors, from all over the world. allows us to fulfil our social aims. It has helped us provide experiences for a huge variety of third sector organisations, including, amongst others: Launchpad Veterans Services, Young Adults Respite Services, Cumbria County Councils Foster Care Services, Eden Valley Hospice, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, Cumbria Headway, and the One In A Million Foundation.