Within the Essex countryside Liz and Ian Giblin farm alpacas on their 25-acre site. They keep over a 100 alpacas, and Liz freely admits she is ‘completely addicted to the animals’. The couple run a controlled breeding programme as they constantly strive to improve the quality of the fleece. Liz spoke to Ken Crowther about her ‘obsession’.

People who keep chickens in their gardens can be responsible for breaches of animal welfare standards. Amateur chicken keepers also risk spreading disease due to a lack of knowledge. Yvette Faris has been looking at the hazards and dangers of keeping poultry in the garden.

It’s a busy time of the year for market gardener Andrew McTurk from Calcott Hall Farm in Brentwood as customers start to buy their Christmas trees. Andrew has some recommendations on how to keep your tree looking good for the whole of the festive season.