Welcome to Lime Tree Farm!
Lime Tree farm, near Grewelthorpe, is situated on a sandstone ridge at the edge of the Vale of York. To the south the land falls away, merging into the arable fields of the plain, while to the north and west there are rolling heather moors. To the east lie the rivers Ure and Swale.
Historically, the area held a Roman encampment at Camp Hill, an impressive location with clear views for up to 50 miles on three sides. Nestled on lower ground between the two rivers can be found evidence of late Neolithic habitation in the form of groups of henges. One of those groups is at Thornborough, and consists of three henges sited in a line within a one-mile stretch, showing that this area was richly populated in Neolithic times.
Until 1987 Lime Tree was a working dairy and mixed farm but under the management of Peter and Irene Foster the land has been given over to conservation. Lime Tree farm quickly developed its own character as a conservation area and spiritual sanctuary with new hedges planted, ponds made, nesting boxes positioned at many points on the land, some within a very special ancient woodland area. A badger set and bird hide incorporating a teaching area provides exciting learning opportunities for schools, colleges and universities.
The involvement of Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is always welcome and they organise and run mammal trapping and mini beast hunts as well as the farmís involvement with the Forest Schools for children (www.forestschools.com).
The wild flower meadows are continuing to increase the number of plant species with evermore orchids flourishing. Planned for the Autumn is a new wildlife friendly hedge. The increase in visitors, alongside funding from Natural England has enabled us to both upgrade our Bird Hide wildlife cameras and re-thatch the Round House.
New for 2011 is a Planetary telescope with a 6inch refractor and a 13inch deep sky reflecting telescope which opens up exciting opportunities for visitors to view the sky at night
Many diverse groups regularly hold gatherings at Lime Tree Farm including:
Ecological / Environmental Groups
Musicians / Performers
and Lime Tree Farm is attracting more and more visitors each year.
Shabdan and Shastra continue to hold workshops and explore and work with the various energies of the site. Contact Shabdan and Shastra at www.iona-light.co.uk.
Our main music & arts festival held on the August Bank Holiday weekend is fast gaining the reputation of being the funkiest of small independent festivals in the North: www.limetreefestival.co.uk
For all interested in historical country life, we have an author in the family: Ann Cliff has written a number of books, some of which feature villages in and around the Grewelthorpe area.
Published by Hale, they can be purchased via Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ann-Cliff/e/B0034P8USC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
And hereís a preview of Annís latest book
"When Helen Moore gets a job in a charming seaside guesthouse she expects a life of smooth domestic routine...but there is trouble in store. Her favourite guest, James, is writing a book about the fishing community and he asks Helen to help him with his research. Thus it comes to pass that Helen meets some of the fisher girls and is drawn into their harsh lives. Suddenly, the theft of some diamonds from Seaview casts suspicion on Helen. She must cross paths with some dangerous people in her quest to prove her innocence but unless the crime can be solved Helen faces a life behind bars..."
"An entertaining page-turner." - Northern Echo
"Ann Cliff is an author to look out for." - Historical Novels Review
We look forward to your visit in the near future where a warm welcome awaits you..Ö
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