I genuinely have a philanthropic dream – I’m almost too gobsmacked to say it – usually I’m the least philanthropic person I know! Largely because my last name isn’t Roundtree or Fry – I don’t have a spare quid right now, let alone a million of ’em!!
But if I did have a spare million I do have a little project that I would sink it in to. So if you have a spare mil – and you fancy doing something lovely – then just drop me a line!
Sadly, I am not anticipating much of a flood and it’s rather a lot for crowd funding – so for now it will have to stay my little dream.
There is a 74 acre woodland for sale near to where I live and has been for sale for a long while – slap bang in the middle is a clapped out old house but it has planning permission for a statement piece house to be developed in the middle.
The woodland is completely private, no rights to roam, no footpaths or bridleways – completely private. It went up for sale months ago for almost £1.5millions – but has steadily come down in price to way under the million mark now – it is going to take a special buyer to want to take on an estate that large especially with nothing but a shack in the middle to start off with.
I would buy it. And my reasons are several-fold.
- I would love to manage and improve on a natural woodland
- I am constantly saddened to see massive chunks of land on the outskirts of village – prime farm land being – being nibbled away at by property developers who throw up mass produced housing, cramming in more houses than can be possibly healthy, in order to maximise profit.
- I am curious as to whether it would be possible to create a truly eco village, that doesn’t end up looking like Steptoe had moved in – that is symbiotic with its surroundings, and brings something wonderful to the community that would be able to live there.
My very own hobbit ‘shire’, a community of eco families who could live affordably and sustainably in a little Eden – a model for a future where land is lived on rather than concreted over.
I was genuinely interested in this Scottish ‘hutting’ project <here> – I had never heard of it until recently, nor the history of the Scottish huts which were envisaged as a retreat for the world weary after the war. I don’t imagine huts on my 74 acres exactly – but the principles of people/land/woodland/and eco simple living is exactly the same.
Wouldn’t it be something though? If it could be done?