Charnwood Forest Alpacas is owned and managed by Chris Deakin and Laura Stock. Their growing herd of 130 pedigree alpacas are making themselves known both within the local community as well as to a wider visiting public with their gentle hums, fluffy fleece, big eyes and even bigger hearts!
Ask a 10 year old what they want to be when they grow up and they may say “an astronaut”, “a teacher”, “a doctor” or “a footballer but for Chris it was a lawyer. Fast forward 44 years and he is living along the Derbyshire/ Leicestershire border with a 110 acre farm and growing herd of 130 alpacas, six chickens, two runner ducks, two dogs, one cat and yours truly, a teeny bit different. So how did he become an alpaca breeder?
At the age of 18, after a climbing trip to Snowdonia, Chris realised he didn’t want to study Law and on returning home he made the decision to join the army. Chris started his training at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey and instantly loved it. He was pushed physically, mentally and emotionally and he grew up in the supportive environment of the armed forces.
Nine years later, with a wife, two children and an early career in Intelligence under his belt, 27 year old Chris was accepted for his commission at Sandhurst. Unfortunately within weeks of this news his father suffered a serious heart attack resulting in a triple heart bypass which left him unable to work so Chris left his army career and moved back to Kenilworth to run the family business.
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