Lynchmere Community Grazing CIC (community interest company) is a not for profit organization which was established in 2017 by Edwin Brooks and skilled local grazier Sarah Fisk
The Lynchmere commons are a vital habitat for many threatened species of plants and animals and they provide a haven for bird life, rare butterflies, reptiles and insects. The lowland heath and open woodland that cover the roughly 600 acres of the Lynchmere commons is a habitat that requires constant stewardship and care.
Grazing with the right kind of cattle, in the correct way, keeps the land open and controls the scrub, providing the conditions needed for heathland species to survive. This essential grazing has so far never been consistently provided in a financially viable way. Through collective ownership of the cows, based on an innovative new membership system, we aim to keep our commons grazed for future generations to enjoy.
Sarah is passionate about livestock, and as well as being our grazier she is a part time ranger for the national trust, keeps sheep locally, supports her partner Tim in his business ‘TLC Tree and Land Care’ and is a full time mum. Edwin is a local farmer with a deep interest in wildlife and the landscape he grew up in.
This project will only succeed if we get a strong membership and only then can we keep these cows doing their vital conservation work.