THERE are many lovely ways to celebrate Valentine's but this has to be one of the most unique. 

The Healing Herd, in Trout Lane, Nether Wallop, is welcoming couples and families to enjoy a walk with alpacas. 

The small business was set up to assist people with recovery from a variety of mental health issues through a course of animal-assisted interventions or crafting workshops and classes.

Clients later asked to bring their families to meet the alpacas, so The Healing Herd has decided to add some fun walks to its calendar for Valentine's Day. The walks will take place on Wednesday, February 14 and Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18.

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Director Gail Foster said: "We're very much looking forward to the Valentine's events. The alpacas are great individual characters and evoke such happy emotions, and taking them for a fun walk is a great way for a family to spend a Valentine's Day which will probably be quite unlike any other you've experienced. 

"It promises to be a lot of fun so we're looking forward to seeing you and introducing you to our alpacas."

The aim is for the alpacas to help make people smile, and have been named after some of the country's favourite comedians, including Billy Connolly, Al Murray, Richard Ayoade and Romesh Ranganathan.

Although these sessions are aimed at families, children must be a minimum age of eight to walk an alpaca.

It will also be taking bookings for its Easter treks which combines an easter egg hunt, which will be available from Good Friday and across the easter weekend.

More information on The Healing Herd can be found online at, while bookings can be made at

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The Healing Herd is primarily an alpaca-assisted therapy provider which has been working with young people and alpacas since May 2021. 

It usually runs sessions for those suffering from a variety of mental health-related issues including depression, anxiety, lack of confidence or younger children struggling with behaviour management in schools.

The Healing Herds usual therapy sessions are still available and will be resuming its 5pm sessions as the spring and summer draws closer.