'It's our idyllic family retreat': How to buy your own patch of woodland - and why investors have bought into forests

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'It's our idyllic family retreat': How to buy your own patch of woodland - and why investors have bought into forests

Post  fatbob5 on Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:07 am

Money really can grow on trees for investors in woodland with annual returns from commercial forestry averaging 9 per cent over the past 20 years.
But it’s not just landed gentry who can enjoy the thrill of owning a forest. 
People can get involved for as little as £10,000 which could buy them a one-acre wooded spinney.


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Post  Thomas Covenant on Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:30 pm

yup.tis true

me n the missus have bought 3.3 acres of woodland in mid wales

lovely spot to be....

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Post  Flap Zappa on Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:40 am

must be fun to wander round with a shotgun going
"gerrorf my land"

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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:40 pm

I am fortunate beyond belief to own *******'s Piece Wood, a ten acre chunk of ancient woodland complete with masses of bluebells and providing habitat for badgers, deer, rabbits and hares and a range of birdlife including buzzards that nest in the trees every year.

My avatar pic was taken there.

It's the last remaining remnant of my late wife's family estate, apart from the house and the few acres of land around it, and I inherited it on her death.

The woodland is too small to be of commercial value, but in any case it is a very special place for my family as my wife's grave is among the trees... being buried there was her last request.

That's something that presented us with a few problems. The only formal permission needed was from the Environment Agency which had to be ensured that there was no watercourse anywhere near, but the hearse couldn't get up the track to the wood and we had to take her coffin on a bale trailer hauled by a neighbour's tractor - a fitting journey for an ex-farmer. We also needed a mechanical digger to get through the tree roots.

The only people at the committal were myself, my daughter and her husband and elder son, the Vicar and the funeral director an his pallbearers. It was on an absolutely gorgeous June day and the undertaker actually had tears in his eyes when he told me that it was the most beautiful grave site he had ever seen.

I regard myself as just the custodian of the place for a few more years, after which my ashes will be scattered there before it is left to my daughter, as the senior direct descendant of my wife's family, and thence to the eldest son or daughter so that the wood always remains in the care of one family member to prevent future squabbles or even its sale.
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Post  nicko on Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:14 pm

Sounds lovely Fred,   it seems you love the country as much as  I do.    Save a place for me please Thumbs up
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Post  Flix on Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:49 pm

I think its the dream of most of us to have a little patch of land to call our own. I grew up in a hamlet (official designation) surrounded by hills, farm land and ancient woodlands. I spent my childhood roaming the woods and the hills and even helping out on the two nearest farms and I consider myself blessed with such a childhood. We have an allotment, paddock and stable yard but not a woodland, we have forestry, quite nice in its own way for wandering but due to the way the trees were planted its a rough wander with the ditch and mound system and who wants to stay on the roadways so a wander through the woods is far nicer. I would love to retire to a nice cottage and patch of land, sadly everything that hadn't fallen down in such locations has been extended to within an inch of its life and the location and now extended living quarters are priced way out of our pockets. When I was young people seemed to want or had to move to towns and cities leaving lovely cottages to their own devices, who'd have thought the more affluent are now seeking the out of the way cottage and turning them into not so mini mansions.

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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:58 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Sounds lovely Fred,   it seems you love the country as much as  I do.    Save a place for me please Thumbs up

I'm truly blessed, Nicko. It's on the edge of a "chocolate box" picturesque hamlet which has its own historic stately house (not mine!) and from my bedroom window I have a stunning view across a small valley with a Tudor farmstead about a quarter of a mile away.

Of course I dare not have mentioned my status as a country gent in t'other place: Veya would ban me on the spot for being English nobility ( ROFL ) and Sassy would sit beside the guillotine with her knitting while Andy deftly removed my head!

Would you mind a worked out badger sett? Save a hell of a lot of hard digging through those tree roots...
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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:08 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I think its the dream of most of us to have a little patch of land to call our own. I grew up in a hamlet (official designation) surrounded by hills, farm land and ancient woodlands. I spent my childhood roaming the woods and the hills and even helping out on the two nearest farms and I consider myself blessed with such a childhood. We have an allotment, paddock and stable yard but not a woodland, we have forestry, quite nice in its own way for wandering but due to the way the trees were planted its a rough wander with the ditch and mound system and who wants to stay on the roadways so a wander through the woods is far nicer. I would love to retire to a nice cottage and patch of land, sadly everything that hadn't fallen down in such locations has been extended to within an inch of its life and the location and now extended living quarters are priced way out of our pockets. When I was young people seemed to want or had to move to towns and cities leaving lovely cottages to their own devices, who'd have thought the more affluent are now seeking the out of the way cottage and turning them into not so mini mansions.

I grew up in a council house in a South Yorkshire mining village, but I've been here since the early 60s. Bit of a difference!

You're right about the "more affluent" buying up cottages and then developing them into big houses. The village half a mile away from me was positively feudal when I first came here but now it's full of the sort of folk who are "something big in the city" (London is less than 45 minutes away by train) and property prices are horrendous.

Occasionally one of the houses in my hamlet goes on the market, and in fact there's one up for sale now (once my late wife's family home and subsequently owned by the son of an iconic and very glamorous film star) with 14 acres of park and woodland. Yours for about a million and a half, I understand!
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Post  Flix on Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:32 pm

Our little hamlet is completely changed, the school was demolished the chapel as well. It was on a drovers route and had 12 houses and cottages of which 4 were pubs, over the years all but one went back to being dwellings.
Then a developer bought the pub and demolished it, during the time the village had been an important centre in the area, the Kings Court would be held in the largest room of this pub, there was also a regular market held in the centre of the village, so many people protested even people who had moved away but to no avail the local council refused to look into the market place as being the village 'green' or any of the other info they were given, they decided it would be difficult to track down even the disagreement between the then local authority and the then owner of the pub who tried to claim the 'green' for the pub car park, the claim was completely denied, the 'green' was considered to be the village green. The council had changed name, area and responsibilities three times between the claim and the eventual demolition.
The developer then proceeded to build the 12 ugliest most crowded houses, you could possibly imagine, on the market place, the pub garden and on where the pub had stood, to this day no one has bought one, its been ten years now. At least the church is a listed building.
It seems to be a sad phemomena around here, we are bristling with developers who buy up everything and anything and demolish it, never mind how quaint or old (in the context of history and architecture) it might be, 'knock it down and build ugly flats' seems to be their motto. I'm constantly suprised Cardiff Castle is still standing, I mean it only has links to a Roman presence then to the medieval keep and then there's the flamboyant upgrade in the 19 century of the rooms in the buildings within the walls, its nothing at all of interest is it, yes lets have more flats.

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Post  Thomas Covenant on Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:58 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:must be fun to wander round with a shotgun going
"gerrorf my land"
got to keep the peasants under control old bean

pest control is essential

just ask moley.... Grinning

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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:05 pm

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got to keep the peasants under control old bean

pest control is essential

just ask moley.... Grinning

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Post  Major on Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:53 pm

I own a spinney and a field which I have posted about before which will eventually be sold for housing one day, the council are desperate to get it but they never will, our kids will do their own building when they are ready and I am pushing up daisies, they both have experience.
The timber is worthless, nearly all scrub, loads of rabbits which I shoot a few.

I do not live by it now so my interest has waned..
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