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Land Management - Gomde Lindholme Hall - The centre for Tibetan Buddhism in the UK

Land Management

Land Management & Conservation

Introduction
The 180 acre Gomde, Lindholme Hall Estate lies in the middle of the Hatfield Moor NNR. This is a unique location and, in conservation terms, has extremely rich resources. Its size, beauty and isolation provide a wonderful habitat for reflecting, studying and meditating. However, the management of such an important area requires informed consideration and expertise as well as a lot of work.

We have been very fortunate to be able to place much of the land into the funded conservation management scheme, Higher Level Stewardship which is run by Natural England.
We are also extremely grateful to have the assistance of a group of conservationists, naturalists and scientists to help us with the management a large part of our SSSI peat-land. This group is known as Lindholme Old Moor Management (LOMM) Group . The group was set up in 2013 following the sucess of the Peat(skid)Moor Appeal 

Higher Level Stewardship

In April 2011 after much form filling and many meetings most of the 120 acreLindholme Hall estate land was accepted into Higher Level Stewardship (HLS). In 2012 (30 acres) and 2013 the remaining parcels  of the island were purchased and have been included in the HLS scheme.

The conservation scheme is managed by Natural England and these funded scheme agreements last for 10 years. The scheme has helped us establish a land management plan that will protect and enhance the diverse mosaic of the estate  and also the common and rare species which find refuge here.
For more information about species click here (Location)

The overall plan is to re-establish the traditional habitat which has been degraded due to the industrial milling of the peat and the subsequent drying out of the land. We aim to restore peat land, heathland, acidic grassland and orchards. This is done through various techniques including the removal of invasive species and re-wetting in some areas. All the methods undertaken are designed to protect the habitat and wildlife and therefore the use of chemicals is kept to an absolute minimum. 

The funds received will help pay for capital items such as fencing and also much needed machinery. However, as such schemes are generally granted to farmer/ landowners the assumption is that manpower, skills and machinery are ´on hand´. We therfore are always in need of skills, manpower and funding.
 
Habitats Found Here
Although the Island is fairly small we have  a concentrated wealth of diversity. Habitats include;

In addition to these we also have areas such as a small arboretum, formal garden, walled vegetable garden and pond.

These habitats all require specific management plans.
Grasslands need to be cut and the cuttings removed from 15th July onwards.The grass is cut and removed to deplete the soil of nutrient’s and encourage more acidic grassland meadow species to flourish. In 2013 we were able to bring the grass lands into good enough condition to interest a local hay contractor who bought the hay after cutting and harvesting it. The land created over 100 bails of hay.

 

The island was orginally heathland and grassland with some woodland. The peat margins of the estate have become overgrown with birch and birch scrub as this species takes advantage of the drier conditions and further drys the land as it grows. The plan is to significantly reduce the amount of tree/ scrub cover to encourage more the original habitat of heathland, creating favourable conditions for some of the rare species found here such as night jar. This management plan dovetails with our policy and plan for sustainable energy.
Please click here for further information. (Sustainability)

Bracken is an invasive species which can be thinned out by mechanical means- rolling or cutting. We  aim to thin out areas of bracken in the grassland and heathland  so that other vegetation has a chance to compete; this creates a greater diversity of plants and subsequent insects and predatory species.