Our New Project

The largest building on site at Lime Tree Farm is the barn. No longer used for storing hay, it needs a new lease of life. In early 2019 we were granted planning permission to convert it.


The plan is to create a multi-use space for all types of educational activities, focussing mainly on nature and traditional handicrafts. There will be an indoor area with spinning wheels and looms, and two outdoor areas for rope making, pole lathe and woodland skills, and a Blacksmith’s forge.


At its centre will be a six-metre fully immersive theatre which can be used as a classroom, lecture theatre, but primarily as a planetarium to compliment the on site observatories.  Alongside this will be an exhibition area and refreshment facilities.

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This is an artist's impression of how the immersive theatre and planetarium will look when complete. The six metre diameter hemispherical dome will be projected on to using a traditional mechanical star projector, and a state of the art high resolution digital projector.  It will be able to simulate many environments and show films from around the world shot in full-dome format.


Due to the large scale of the project, and the small scale of our income, we are looking for support from grant associations and companiesBecause this is a venture that will benefit the Ripon, Masham, Harrogate and Nidderdale areas, we are hoping to get as much support as possible from local companies and organisations.

We intend to have a large (and full) display board at the entrance to the centre listing all the local companies that have supported us. We will also include a sponsorship list of links on   our website, to support those that have supported us.

Being volunteer led, our schedule to complete this project is very flexible, but we are hoping to keep to the following guidelines:

Mid to Late 2019:   Utilities and Groundworks

Throughout 2020:   Installation and Decoration

Who will Benefit?


Anyone can book to use the unique facilities at Lime Tree Farm.  Over the years we have had an amazing array of differing groups.


We’ve had Home Education Groups, Ecology Camps, Nature Retreats, Drumming Groups, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides, Astronomical Societies, U3A Groups, Women’s Institutes and Probus Groups to name but a few.  Everyone is Welcome!

How Can I Help?


If you are able to help with any of the following, or you would like further information, please email us:  limetreeobservatory@gmail.com


Financial Donations or Labour

Concrete Supplies

Plumbing / Drainage Materials

Electrical / Lighting Supplies

Timber Studwork

Timber Sheet Materials

Exterior Timber

Plasterboard / Plastering Services

Paint / Painting Services

Steel Girders

Fixings and Fastenings



Or anything else you have to offer that may be of use!  Thank You