Farming with Nature
Sustainable agritourism – working for nature
Crake Trees Manor is a traditional Westmorland holding that is made up of three small farms brought together in the 1960’s.
Flocks of birds lift up over the honey coloured farm.
We farm in an environmentally sensitive way, working to conservation standards. Being part of the Higher level Stewardship Scheme means we farm within European rules, which encourages wildlife to flourish and the soil structure to stay healthy.
We are creative and innovative, and try to farm with nature rather than against it. Local wildlife is encouraged through a wide range of projects. Our wetland project will help wildlife and also reduce flooding downstream.
The farm has a series of footpaths that allow visitors to see what is going on each season.
This is our family’s farm, it has been with us for generations. It is our home and we have filled it with love – our love of nature and of farming.
Many years ago, when we started having visitors stay, to encourage our guests to relax and enjoy our farm, the local community and our small part of beautiful Cumbria
Our children and grandchildren have grown up with guests from all over the globe, sharing experiences and friendship.
We run a working farm. Our commitment to providing good local food is as strong as our commitment to nature.
We are passionate about farming with nature. Our landscape is deep in our bones and all that lives upon it is important to us. We are committed to providing space for wildlife, which is why you won’t see manicured grass around the camping pitches and why we allow space for nature all around our farm.
Rare breeds of sheep are fed on our wildflower rich meadows and indigenous Galloway and Blue Grey cattle can be seen grazing our land.
Since we married, we have planted over 3000 trees on our land, filling out our hedgerows, providing shelter belts to our stock and wildlife alike. We keep on moving forwards for wildlife and we are always looking for ways to increase opportunities for our local wildlife to thrive.