- Just bought a wood…
Just had an offer accepted on a wooded valley with a stream running though it. Oh, and it has a house in there too, but I’m more interested in the woodland!
The wood covers about half an acre so isn’t really big enough for a bike trail, but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to a bit of path building and “managing” to make a good place for my ever-expanding tribe of nephews and nieces to play in.
It’s a steep terraced escarpment with a level glade at the bottom, so will really lend itself to a bit of subtle landscaping whilst leaving mother nature to take care of the majority of the work.
Can anyone recommend any good websites, books or other resources about gardening and managing this type of terrain? Any advice from people with similar land or experiences would be fantastic…
Cheers!Posted 6 years agophilconsequenceMember
no need to do shore 🙂 granted Jedi’s shore is intimidatingly impressive, but pump tracks, single track skills sections that flow together, table tops and drops etc can all be squeezed into a small space….
any plans for the house that’s in there? tattoo studio perhaps?Posted 6 years agotitusriderMember
my parents have one in sussex, these guys have been really helpful and more applicable for your size wood.
This is theirsPosted 6 years agoSue_WMember
For info on woodland management, traditional woodland uses, and improving woods for wildlife – contact BTCV, or start with their ‘practical handbook’ on woodlands:
(they’ll also be able to help with guidance on creating natural looking paths / steps etc)
Looks like a beautiful spot – I’m sure you and your bikes will be very happy there 🙂Posted 6 years ago
Yunki, sorry, you know my employment policy regarding tattoos!! 🙂
NBT, it was quite a find – I recently had a similar house purchase fall through which was very disappointing, but this place is far better, so I’m chuffed to bits!
This place is Ribble Valley, so 15 minute ride to some great Pennine hills and fells, 50 mins from the lakes and half an hour to Manc. Should be moving in mid Jan… Sooo excited about seeing the woods evolve through spring and summer, it’s going to be brilliant! 😀Posted 6 years ago
I love the area, and plenty of good riding close at hand, so I’m not hell-bent on creating my own little trail centre. I’m thinking more along the lines of a summer house like this, natural-looking steps and paths, fire pit, tidy up the banks of the brooks so the kids can dip nets for minnows etc… Plenty of birdboxes, low fencing so the deer can continue to mooch round. It’s going to be magical! 🙂
Posted 6 years agorichmarsSubscriber
Good luck, we’ve had small wood for a few years, it’s hard work but very rewarding. Also worrying; when it’s windy you worry about trees blowing down, or forest fires in the summer!Posted 6 years ago
Also the worry about looking after it correctly, so you can pass it on in a better condition then you received it.Herman ShakeMember
I’m going to ask the vulgar question…..how much?
I’ve had a similar idea, but on t’backburner once I have sold the millstone (boat we used to live on) and can save.
Looks beautiful, I’m KY jealous.
Wooden trail sections need not be commit-or-die shore, but do have a significantly reduced impact on the land. It’s worth finding out what protection/restrictions there may be on development.
Is a woodland the new STW must have? Lathes are so 2010.Posted 6 years ago
SaxonRider – Member
I am, possibly for the first time in my life, genuinely jealous. Congratulations, and may you enjoy it for many years.
Thanks, I hope I will! It’ll be a real labour of love but I’m sure the benefits of owning and enjoying the woodland will far outweigh the amount of work involved. Plus, it’s doing fine without any input, so it’s not like it will suffer from neglect if I choose to do very little to certain areas.
Herman, I’ll tell you when it’s all gone through. Don’t want to tempt fate 😉Posted 6 years ago
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