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West House Farm

West House Farm is a family run dairy farm of 76.17 hectares. The farm currently carries a herd of 130 Holstein-Friesian dairy cows and takes in 400 hoggs (sheep) over winter. The farm entered Higher Level Countryside Scheme in Jan 2019; the farm is also in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone and in the Bassenthwaite Lake/River Derwent Priority Catchment area. The management of the woodland and hedgerows provides valuable habitat for red squirrels, tree sparrows and other birds. Resource protection issues include fencing off watercourses to prevent poaching and soil erosion, creation of buffer strips along other watercourses and management of intensive grass leys to reduce potential soil loss and leaching of nutrients with nil fertiliser applications in critical areas. The restoration of a historically significant stone barn will begin in the spring of 2010.


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