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Tempe Farm

Tempe Farm landscape

The 57.60ha at Tempe Farm was the largest scheme submitted in 2006. It comprises new broad leaved woodland (39.03ha), new parkland (1.50ha) and, most excitingly, the creation of an extensive area of wet unimproved grassland (17.07ha). The wet unimproved grassland will be created along the banks of the Gilwiskaw Brook, which is part of an internationally important wildlife site called the River Mease Special Area of Conservation. This will not only contribute to a habitat target in the National Forest BAP, but it will also buffer the Special Area of Conservation from adjacent farmland, reducing the risk of harmful run-off from fields.

In order to create a true wet grassland habitat, existing water features will be restored, man-made field drains will be dismantled and shallow scrapes excavated. This will serve to raise the water table and, over time, restore past water levels so that the field occasionally floods. The owners will also manage and plant willows along the stream and create a new buffer strip.

In addition to restoring historic habitats at Tempe Farm, the scheme will see its man-made history restored and protected. Archaeological interests at the site include an area of ridge and furrow grassland and a medieval fish pond. The pond will be restored and its history will be interpreted through signs and leaflets.