Tommy is an organic farmer, farming 100ac on the shore of Lough Allen. I first met Tommy over ten years ago when I worked for the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and carried out a survey of the small but beautiful intact raised bog on his farm and wrote a conservation management plan for the site. I was so impressed with Tommy’s vision for his farm, his knowledge and passion for the natural environment and his desire to share the rare species and habitats on his farm with visitors. I have recently moved to Leitrim and am delighted to see that Tommy continues to be an inspiration in regards to managing a working farm for nature conservation and for continuing to share this special place with others. Important habitats and species on Tommy’s farm include intact raised bog with rare lag zone, mature native woodland, species rich acidic grassland, Marsh Fritillary Butterfly, Large Heath Butterfly, Irish Lady’s Tresses Orchid and Mudwort.
Nominator: Sarah Malone, Heritage Officer, Leitrim County Council