I am a fan of tweed. You might have noticed. Two years ago I was struck by the fact that although I am surrounded here in Cumbria by Herdwick sheep, I was buying my tweed from Harris. Don't get me wrong, I love Harris tweed and always will, but I wondered whether anyone was making Herdwick tweed locally. I asked around, came across a couple of companies who were using it but hit a stone wall when it came to sourcing the cloth to use myself. No one seemed to sell it or want to tell me where they got theirs from. Around the same time I was having conversations with friends of mine, James and Helen Rebanks, who own Herdwick sheep about the price of their wool and the fact that it costs more to

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