Members of Nurture Lakeland
We care about the place we live amongst the open fells. We farm the surrounding fells (common land) together with neighbouring farms and have for some time been involved in an environmental scheme on Askham and Helton Fell which requires us to reduce sheep numbers during the winter to ensure that the heather can flower and flourish. August is a great month to come and see the 'purple' fells! An environmental scheme on the 'in-bye' ground requires us to manage our pastures with low fertiliser to allow a diversity of wildflowers and insects to survive. We have a particularly 'flower-rich' pasture – amazing in July! We are committed to maintaining the network of walls and traditional farm buildings.
Red squirrels hang out in the hazel woodlands down by the Heltondale Beck and occasionally venture up to the house. Come and hear the distincitive red grouse call from their home on the heather. In harsh winters red deer stags make their way down from Martindale, the heart of a red deer conservation area and home to the oldest native red deer herd in England, to shelter in the river fields.
Widewath Farm and Barn are heated using wood pellets. Underfloor heating keeps the Barn toasty warm.
We try to recycle most of our waste and ask that you do the same please in the bins provided!!