Becoming a woodland owner

Have you ever yearned to be part of the great outdoors? Statistics state being outside in nature for just 20 minutes in a day was enough to significantly boost vitality levels. More and more everyday people are purchasing or leasing their own natural retreat and returning to their Paleolithic roots.

So why not purchase your own little piece of the world and run back into the arms of Mother Nature?

As the owner of a woodland, you will have a freedom to do lots of things, perhaps for the first time. In most woods, you won’t need anyone’s permission to bring along your tent and camp overnight, in whatever part of your wood you choose. You will be free to clear the undergrowth to make a level space for the tent, hang your belongings on convenient tree branches, and park your car nearby, within the wood. You can clear paths for exploring your wood and cut back brambles and bracken. You can make a small clearing and light a camp fire and boil a kettle. Friends and family can come along and share this freedom with you, exploring your wood and climbing your trees.


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By far the most daunting aspect is clearing the ground. Fortunately many hands make light work so call on your friends to make a difference or enlist professional services to help such as Hesinger Tree Services. Experts to assist in clearing, stump removal or simply trimming trees that you have chosen to stay may make facilitate your dream to .There are, of course, a few things that are regulated, and a few aspects that you may like to research. For instance, you can find out about the Forestry Commission, and their tree felling regulations, the meaning of Tree Preservation Orders and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

There are regulations, too, on what structures you can build in your woodland, for shelter or for storage. You may want reassurance that you will always have access through the locked gate and along the shared tracks. You could think about whether you need insurance. And last but not least, what do you do for a loo?

In the longer term, you will be able to see the results of your labours. Where you have cut back to let in more light, you may discover bluebells, or other wild flowers, coming up. Trees you have planted will grow year by year until they, too, cast shade. Be sure to take lots of photos at the very beginning, so that in years to come you can marvel at the way everything has grown, and at the difference you have made.


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To learn more, you can read books, go on courses, join woodland organizations, subscribe to woodland publications, contact the local Forestry Commission and talk to other owners.

Being in your own wood and trying things out, reflecting and experiencing for yourself – these will be the best teacher of all! So grab your tent and heed the call of the wild!