[Diggers350] Woodlands.co.uk

Ben Mathers benjaminmathers at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 13:12:19 GMT 2011

I did get in contact with the folks managing their South Wales properties
asking about their attitude to One Planet Development and whether there was
anything in their covenant stopping people from living on the land and the
woman I contacted definitely said that there wasn't. The only issue she
thought would be with the planning department...

Wouldn't it be great though if someone could buy these bits of woodland and
then split them up and sell them for the £1,800 that was paid, does anyone
know of anyone thinking of doing something like this? Even if you were to
sell them for £2,800 you'd still be making a whopping £54,000 profit for
doing nothing! I mean if a trust was set up to do something similar that
money could then go into buying some more land and doing likewise, obviously
with a strict covenant on the land ensuring low impact principles with areas
of common land etc etc. I know this is probably something most people on
this email group think about, but really it wouldn't need a very big initial
outlay (well not very big for some people at least!). What is stopping
people I wonder?


On 9 February 2011 10:01, John Boshier <john at permaculture-jb.me.uk> wrote:

> They may be unpleasant, but they do seem to be open to discussing One
> Planet Developments in Wales, See
> http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/woodland-economics/one-planet-development-in-wales-a-policy-for-low-impact-sustainable-livin/
> . I think the wording has changed a bit, as when I looked on their site
> recently I think they said they would not object to it, and I've heard
> this from another source.
> If anyone knows more I would like to know. I'm going to be producing a
> One Planet Development newsletter, and am organising meetings to help
> people get started on low-impact development in Wales. You can sign up
> to the newsletter at http://www.eco-hamlets.org.uk/newsletters.php , and
> I'd welcome any contributions to the newsletter.
> John
> On 07/02/2011 00:14, offgriduk wrote:
> > I see the unpleasant woodlands.co.uk was one of the early beneficiaries
> of the forest sell-off (Sunday Times 6/2/11) - buying 54 acres of glorious
> wood near Market Rasen.
> >
> > They paid GBP1800 per acre and will sell for GBP9000, removing the wood
> from public access and at the same time preventing the new owners from doing
> more than asset-stripping through the restrictive covenants they add to the
> sale - such as no living on the site.
> >
> > I would like to have a go at preventing woodlands.co.uk from buying
> further forests in the current selloff - if anyone has the necessary info,
> please send to nick at off-grid.net and I can put it fully in the public
> domain
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