Belmore Farm Cottage is set in 12 acres of wildflower meadows in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) on the edge of the long Mynd.
At Belmore Farm, we are aiming to create a bio diverse environment where wildlife can thrive.We first came to Belmore in 2019 and have been working with our 12 acres of fields to create species rich meadows, wetlands and woodland thickets which will provide habitat for pollinators, invertebrates, birds and mammals.
2500 trees have been planted in 2021 with the help of the National Trust volunteers. The meadows are carefully managed as hay meadows which are cut late in the summer and then grazed by sheep in the autumn. This provides maximum benefit for the pollinators and birds that live here, and also allows the wildflowers to set seed for germination the following year.
Woodlands and meadows also act as a significant carbon sink and help in flood prevention.To see curlews and red kites, hear the cuckoo in the spring, to view brilliant stars in the dark night sky, and to sit in the wildflower meadows at sunset are rare and magical experiences.
Our sustainable tourism practices include:
- Planting 2500 trees
- Bringing a redundant agricultural barn back into use
- Building walls from stone reclaimed from our land and railings are reclaimed from another site
- High levels of insulation
- Heating from Green Tariff electricity and logs from local farm. Ground source/air source heat pumps planned this year
- Most of furniture is reused, except beds which are new and mattresses eco friendly
- Green cleaning products used as far as possible, but we also use recommended antiviral sprays
- All waste recycled – zero to landfill
- Energy efficient white goods and lightbulbs
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