Meet the rural entrepreneurs starring in BBC2’s Back to the Land with Kate Humble

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Kate Humble returns with more feel-good tales of rural entrepreneurs – from caviar connoisseurs to seaweed foragers – turning their passion projects into viable businesses.

Here, meet the stars of Back to the Land with Kate Humble, which starts at 7pm on Tuesday 8th May on BBC2.

The alpaca farmer

Name: Emma Collison

Age: 32

On the day Emma Collison and Stuart Billinghurst bought their original 16-strong herd of alpacas seven years ago, they had never so much as seen one in real life. Nor did either of them have any connection with farming, yet since meeting in 2008 it had been in the couple’s minds to buy a farm.

“Alpacas just seemed so interesting,” says Emma, “and when we saw them we loved them so much that we paid the deposit right there.”

Stuart retained his job as a theatre technician at Plymouth University, while Emma took the lead role in running the business. These days Moor View Alpacas, near Liskeard in Cornwall, is established as one of the only farms in the UK that breeds alpacas for meat as well as wool, while in a new venture, Emma accompanies visitors walking alpacas across Bodmin Moor.

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