So when you look at woods, ask yourself these questions:
- Is the wood easily accessible - will I be able to get easy access
- Have I got absolute access? Watch out for ransom strips of land (ask your solicitor to check)
- Is there someone to park your car
- Are there any covenants that stop you doing what you want to do with the wood - otherwise you end up with a white elephant
- How will you renovate/maintain it....woods are a lot of work particularly if they are in poor condition
- Is there a preservation order on the wood (individual trees/blanket)
- Are there lots of public footpaths running through it? Not all members of the public will be as concerned about wildlife as you!
- Is it fenced/hedged? Does it need to be?
- Does it come with sporting rights? The last thing you will want is a load of men with shotguns shooting everything that moves in your wood on a Sunday morning!
- Can you afford it?
- Is it worth clubing together with some friends to buy the wood once you find the right one. They can help you to look after it and can split the cost...this is how I started!
My biggest tip is go there and look. Just sit in the wood...does it feel right for you?
Good luck. If you want to ask any questions...happy to help!