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Alpaca centre to open north of Grantham

A unique family-friendly tourism experience is set to open just north of Grantham.

Farming couple Marton and Clare Stanger plan to open their Alpaca centre at Meadow Farm, Clensey Lane, Dry Doddington.

They have just gained planning approval for the venture from South Kesteven District Council.

It will include a shop selling alpaca wool products, a cafe and a classroom for them to educate visitors about the animals.

The couple have been breeding alpacas since 2005 and with a herd approaching 90, it is one of the largest in the country.

Trading as JandJ Alpacas, they attend various shows with their alpacas and also have a growing knitwear business.

Clare said once hay is gathered, work will start on the venture, hoping for a Christmas opening.

She said: “We are very excited. It should be a great attraction for the district.”

At present the alpacas are giving birth to their young. Four crias have arrived with 20 expected this summer.

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