It’s been a busy few months for the Kilnsey alpacas – and they recently starred again in BBC’s popular Countryfile.
The three alpacas from Kilnsey Park were filmed for BBC Countryfile in late Spring. Titus, Bertie and Silver returned to Roberts Park in Saltaire with Jamie Roberts to talk about the importance of the wool trade to the area.
Everything went to plan except when one of the alpacas decided to run away – but luckily Bertie missed his friends so much that he came back after a couple of circuits around the park.
The Kilnsey alpacas represent a historic link between Saltaire and the Kilnsey Estate. Sir James Roberts owned Salts Mill for 25 years and purchased the Kilnsey Estate in 1911. Alpaca wool was one of the main products of Salts Mill during this time.
The BBC filming is the third time the Kilnsey alpacas have been in Saltaire in recent months, after appearing on ITV’s Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant and attending World Heritage Site weekend in April.
The alpacas now live at Kilnsey Park where they can be visited 7 days a week, along with other farm animals, a cafe, family fishing and nature walk.
The alpacas were featured in an episode of BBC Countryfile (‘Where Town Meets Country’) broadcast on Sunday 17th May. It will be available on BBC iPlayer until 15th June. To view the episode click here.