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Farm for landscape conservation Tütsberg

Field of buckwheat

Landscape conservation according to "Bioland" guidelines

Our Location

The farm Tütsberg is the agricultural business of the foundation "Stiftung Naturschutzpark Lüneburger Heide". Tütsberg is located in the middle of the Nature Reserve Lüneburg Heath. You can reach the farm Tütsberg easily coming from Hanover, Hamburg or Bremen via motorway A7 or B3 within 1 hour. Close to the courtyard you can park your car at the hikers' parking lot.

Business organisation

Administration and management as well as the work yard of the VNP farm for landscape conservation are located on the farmyard of Tütsberg. Additionally one out of the six VNP owned shep-rearings are based here.

The targets of the farm for landscape conservation are environmentally friendly cultivation of foundation owned farmland as well as preservation of heathland by grazing of sheep (Heidschnucke), goats, cattle and horses.

The farm manages around 420 ha of agricultural crop land and around 400 ha of grassland environmentally sustainable according to the guidelines of the "Bioland" organisation. Tütsberg is a demonstration farm for ecological agriculture and is obligated to public relation.

Additionally to crop and grassland, around 4.300 ha of heathland and neglected grassland as well as 35 ha of carp pounds are managed.

On some selected fields the historic farming of the old heath penants is imitated. In the sence of a living museum old cultivated plants as well as rare and endangered wild herbs are saved for the next generations.



The photovoltaic plant is used for power supply
Buckwehat harvest
Downy hemp-nettle in Tütsberg

Buckwheat of Tütsberg

Buckwheat is not a cereal like generally assumed. It is an old medicinal and crop plant belonging to the buckwheat family like common sorrel and rhubarb. Every blossom bears a fruit looking like a small beechnut (German: "Buchecker", where the German name "Buchweizen" is coming from). Buckwheat is mealy and can be grind to flour like cereals.

It s one of the fastest growing mealy crops being used to short summers in Central and Eastern Asia. Within 10 to 12 weeks after sowing in summer the buckwheat is ripe.

The frugal plant is ideal for growing on poor heath- and moorland. After the potatoe came to Northern Germany in the mid 18th century, Buckwheat became less and less important.

In the Nature Reserve Lüneburg Heath, you can find buckwheat fields in the surrounding of Wilsede or close to the Tütsberg farm.

Buckwheat with the three-cornered fruit

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"Tütberger Erlebnispunkte"

Have a look around the farmyard and the close surrounding of Tütsberg to enjoy the adventure trail "Erlebnispunkte". Learn more about Heidschnucken, farm wood and the history of Tütsberg. On the courtyard have a look at the "cereal hit parade".

The trail "Tütsberger Erlebnispunkte" was established in 2010 with help of the European Fund for Regional Development as well as "Natur erleben" of the Ministery for the Environment and Nature Protection of Lower Saxony.

Start of the trail in October 2010

Animal husbandry

Heidschnucken (sheep) and goats

The farm Tütsberg manages six sheep and one goat flock. Around 2.200 mother sheep of the race "Graue gehörnte Heidschnucke“ and 300 goats are tended by twelve shepherds within the Nature Reserve.

The flock of Tütsberg with sheep and goats
The stable of Tütsberg

Horses and cattle

VNP uses horses and cattle for landscape management, grazing all year round in the meadows and pastures.

Livestock: (December 2014)

Wilseder Rote Rinder (cattle)

: 1 drove of around 30 mothercows (Highland-Shorthorn-crossbred, called "Wilseder Rote")
: 1 drove of 10 heifers

Dülmener Pferde (horses)

: 1 herd of stallions (2 studs ranked for breeding and young stallions)
: 1-2 herds with around 20 mares
: 4 foals

The number of Dülmener horses decreases, the race is on the Red List in category 1 (extremly endangered). Next to the "Merfelder Bruch" only 55 breeding animals are registered in Germany, 10 of them belong to the VNP.

Grazing land is the area of "Radenbach" and "Schmale Aue", close to Hörpel and close to the farm Tütsberg. Why not hiking around...

The cattle "Wilseder Rote"
Dülmener horses in Tütsberg

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