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Conservation and Lindale Holiday Park
Lindale Holiday Park has been developed on the site of an ancient local quarry and adjoining pastureland. The quarry was in existence for many centuries and was the source of sandstone used to build local houses and farm buildings such as Lindale Lodge, at the turn of the 19th century stone was taken from here to build Bedale bridge. The quarry, which was known as No Mans Moor Quarry was always worked by hand as a small private concern. It is likely that it has not been worked since before the First World War. The attached map from 1857 shows the quarry, and it can be seen that the surrounding fields and lanes are very much as they are today. A sample of quarry stone can be seen at the entrance to the upper meadow (the lower of the two stones) and also between the electricity poles on the southern boundary of the park. These two large pieces of sand stone were excavated during the development of the holiday park from what remained of the original sandstone vein as it ran through the eastern end of the park.
After the quarry ceased operation nature took over and the site became over grown with trees such as hornbeam and ash and bushes such as hawthorn, blackthorn and elder with scramblers such as dog rose and blackberry. This formed an ideal habitat for birds and small mammals. The western end of the park was pastureland that has not been improved; hence it is rich in wild flowers including orchids, ladies mantle and many more.
In the later half of the 20th century the site was used as a 5 CL site, that is to say that caravan club members brought touring caravans on to the park, the maximum number of caravans allowed at any one time was 5. Water was piped down from Lindale Lodge to the site and stored in an open trough for use by the caravaners, otherwise there were no other facilities on the site. The owner of the site at the time was the farmer living at Lindale Lodge; he approached Richmondshire District Council for advice on improving the park in accordance with modern standards. It was the council who suggested that this site would be suitable for static caravans and some 10 years later it was finally developed by Caroline and Trevor Bradley as Lindale Holiday Park. Opening for the first season of operation in March 2005.
SINC: Keeping Nature Present and Doing our Bit for Conservation.
A survey of this site in 2003 by Yorkshire County Council identified over 73 different trees and plants. No Mans Moor Quarry was designated a site of importance for nature conservation (SINC) because of this diversity. During the development of Lindale Holiday Park care was taken to ensure that as much as possible of the existing vegetation was retained. Additional planting with native trees has been undertaken to enhance the site and increase the attraction to wild life. Flowering shrubs, which bear berries, have also been planted; these give habitat and food to birds and small mammals.
The grass is full of wild flowers and areas on the banks and in the upper meadow are left uncut to allow these to flower and set seed. The logs you can see have been left to create habitat for insects and snakes. The brambles and wild dog rose provide berries and fruit for wildlife. Even the stinging nettles are important food for butterfly larvae.
Low level lighting has been used around the park to reduce light pollution. The roads have been made up in local quarry stone from the Redmire Quarry in Wensleydale and from Swaledale. On the steeper roads recycled road scrapings have been used to form the road surface. The buildings have been constructed from wood, which is consider ecologically sound and have been insulated to a high standard to reduce energy use whilst lights in the buildings are fitted with low energy bulbs. Recycling points are provided at the refuse area to help with conservation of resources.
Wild Flowers and Trees found on Lindale Holiday Park
Lindale Holiday Park provides a range of habitats for wild flowers from old pasture land and meadow, through to hedgerow, dry banks, wet areas and woodland. In spring blue bells, cowslips, violets, early purple orchid and many other species abound. In summer vetch, dog rose, clover, wild strawberries, nettles, lords-and-ladies and ladies mantle are just some of the many different wild plants found on the site. Autumn sees the wild cherry, crab apples, bird cherry, guelder rose, blackberries, dog roses and elder bushes provide fruit for the birds. A wide range of native trees are present on the park including oak, ash, lime, field maple, alder, mountain ash, silver birch, aspen, white beam, horn beam, hazel, hawthorn and holly. The large ash trees, last into leaf and some of the first to drop their leaves, are a feature of the park and are over 150 years old.
Wild Animals and Birds Seen Around the Park
There are many small birds nesting and living on the park, they find shelter in the dense tree planting around the lodge and in the brambles and hawthorns around the banks at the south end. Commonly seen are blue tits, great tits, hedge sparrows, blackbirds, robins, wrens, greenfinches, pied wagtail and the occasional goldfinch and yellowhammer. In the summer swallows and swifts return and can be seen weaving and diving after insects. Game birds such as pheasant, red legged partridge and wood pigeon can be seen feeding on seeds on the ground. Both tawny owls and little owls are often heard calling after dark. In the morning you may be woken to the noisy chatter of the rooks, which live in the tops of the tall ash trees in the copse on the west of the park.
Wild animals living on the park include numerous rabbits whose home is an extensive warren on the western bank of the lower meadow. The rabbits enjoy feeding on the freshly cut grass as it is sweeter than the long grass and are not adverse to eating any newly planted bushes back to bare sticks. A weasel will occasionally run through the warren and cause a great rumpus. A feral cat will also stake out the warren for many hours. Roe dear live in nearby woods and are seen occasionally in the evening on the park. Hare, the larger and longer legged relative of the rabbit are found in the local hedges and fields. Field mice live in the long grass of the banks on the park. The resident mole in the upper meadow leaves a trail of mole hills as it feeds on worms. Common pipistrelle bats may be seen swooping and diving through the air in the evening as they feed on insects.
The old tree stumps found around the borders of the park provide a rich habitat for beetles and insects. Several different species of butterflies including tortoiseshell, common blue and large white will be seen flitting between the flowers on the meadows and banks.
David Bellamy Conservation Award
We participate in the David Bellamy Conservation Award scheme and in our first year achieved the highest award of Gold. This scheme encourages holiday parks to be environmentally aware and manage their land in a wild life friendly way, practice re-cycling and energy efficient management. If you have appreciated our attempts at conservation and enjoy being here at Lindale Holiday Park, please let the assessors at the David Bellamy scheme know by completing and returning the post cards with your comments. These will be used to re-assess us for the level of award.
In collaboration with the British Bee Keeping Association the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme has introduced a new award to recognise those holiday park which encourage habitats for wild bees.
We would welcome any suggestions and ideas you may have on any aspect of the park.