Presenter Ellie Harrison talks to National Trust Ranger John Pring at High Lickbarrow Farm in a special episode from the BBC to celebrate the Lake District becoming a World Heritage Site on Sunday 17 September at 7pm.
High Lickbarrow Farm came to the Trust in October 2015 following the death of local donor Michael Bottomley. He made a gift of it to the National Trust to ensure that appropriate land management would be put in place to sustain the remarkable biodiversity found on the farm.
Despite being surrounded by housing, the land has extensive areas of wildflower-rich pastures, abundant bird song and becks full of native white-clawed crayfish. It is also home to a rare herd of 25 Albion cattle making it the largest in the country and therefore potentially central to the breed’s survival.
John Pring explained to BBC Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison how the Trust is looking after the fragile and special habitats on the farm.
Over the last year National Trust rangers have been working hard to gain a full understanding of the conservation value of the land and to develop a management plan.
High Lickbarrow is a traditional Lakeland farmhouse with a formal garden and topiary, set amidst a beautiful lowland landscape. The farm and the families everyday belongings provide a fascinating insight into a traditional way of life that has now largely been lost.
The Trust opens up the farm to small groups of visitors giving them exclusive use of it. By making themselves at home, visitors are able to immerse themselves in the Bottomley family’s Lakeland way of life.
Michael Bottomley, a much loved and respected local architect and artist lived at the farm on edge of Windermere village for over sixty years. It was purchased by his parents in 1947 and traditionally farmed by his sister and father.
Anyone interested in booking a visit to High Lickbarrow should contact Fiona Green on: 07484078776, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits are available for a limited time only and are free to National Trust members. Prices for non-members are: Adult £12.00, Child £6.00, Family £30.00. Dogs welcome.