A small herd of alpacas are settling in on a field near Hagg Lane allotments in Crosspool.
The three male animals have the run of Holly Hagg, a three-acre plot on the hill where Long Lane meets Back Lane/Bole Hill Road. They’ve been there about four weeks.
They’re very hardy animals, and a north-facing slope in Sheffield is nothing compared to where the species originated in the Andes. They don’t like getting wet so have a shelter at the bottom of the field.
Holly Hagg isn’t open access, but you can usually get a good view of the alpacas from Long Lane. If you see someone working in the field when you visit then have a word with them and you should be able to take a closer look.
The alpacas are neutered and were sold as ‘seconds’. They don’t hold much financial value but are microchipped, tagged and registered with the British Alpaca Society for easy identification.
The herd and Holly Hagg are a looked after by community group called Friends of Holly Hagg. Their aim is to make the land more fertile, biodiverse, beautiful and productive. As well as the alpacas, there’s already plenty going on with bee hives, a pond ready to be filled, a simple irrigation system and plots for vegetables.
Crosspool Open Gardens is a chance for you to explore some of the wonderful gardens in our community, get to know your neighbours over a cuppa and cake and raise some money for charity.
Tickets for this year’s event on Saturday 28 June are on sale at Lounge@Crosspool all week and at Crosspool Pets on the day. They cost £4 – children go free.
There are lots of new gardens to explore this year. Refreshments available in nearly all the gardens including Holly Hagg.
Also be aware that some roads may be closed to cars for resurfacing such as Sandygate Park Road on the day, so please park at the top or the bottom and walk to the gardens there.
Who knows, you might be inspired to share your garden next year!