[before_listing images= youtube=null] Me and my wife are in our mid 20’s and looking to buy some land to live, raise a kid, build a house etc. Been my goal for as long as I can remember, and I like to think I am so terrible at dealing with the modern world because I have been gearing myself up to go off grid.

Primarily looking at Wales.

We are looking to have people with a similar amount of money £30ish to chip in so we can play with the big boys, consider the more expensive and far better value pieces of land, then formally carve it up. The more parties, the cheaper the land, but comes with it the organisational challenges and hassle.

My background is maintenance and general tinkering and my other half has a background in property law, so we can have an agreement all legit and above board. We aren’t looking to make any money from this group purchase, we just want to bypass companies like woodlands.co.uk and share the would-be-profit around as extra acres rather than a 3rd party getting rich.

It’s not that I am against the commune mentality, I’d just rather it wasn’t forced…Start this with a mind to being neighbours, then if things develop, great, but if they don’t. There will be no hard feelings.

I am totally up for some agreement for common ground, helping each other out and generally being a good neighbour though. But don’t want anything imposed (as obligation removes the fun in my experience).

Given the fact we have had to move to London to earn enough money to make this happen means we intend to buy now and get some trees and coppice establishing and some wood seasoning and generally preparing for the next 3 years until we can make the move.

Some incoherant bullet points:

-Meat eater
-Luddite (try and keep the tech to a minimum)
-Handyman
-Woodwork
-leatherwork
-sewing
-forge
-Very interested in oil alternatives, and excluding plastic wherever possible
-Motorbikes
-barefoot

That being said I will still own a laptop, van and a phone, and probably have to work at least two days a week with electric tools and plastic materials, but I intend to hide these things away and pretend I am not part of the modern world for the most part:P. So yet more hypocrisy :P

All the best.

Ways

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13 Responses to “Joint buying in UK to decrease cost/acre”

  1. Dan

    Loving the plans people have here. I have a similar dream, did this particular project get anywhere in the last two years?

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  2. Fenzo

    Great idea.

    So where exactly does this project stand now?

    How many people already stand ready with £30k each (or is it £15k per person and £30 per couple)?
    What is the target budget?

    Is the money invested the only criteria you have for joining? If not, what are the other criteria?

    I am interested but prefer a project with a targets and a time scale or it will most likely drift forever in the dreamworld.

    Let’s get this project moving for real a.s.a.p.

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  3. fridgeways

    I’m giving this thread another nudge,

    Please contact me direct

    Cheers

    ways

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  4. jamie

    when you say 30ish do you each or altogether

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  5. Magdalena

    Hi
    I find your post very interesting.
    My partner and I have been looking to change our life and go off-grid. We absolutely love nature and working with her is our prime objective in future setting up of smallholding, garden, shelter and anything else that would come. We have some experience in organic gardening and permaculture, animal husbandry, music, crafts, biochemistry and few other things. We will be very happy to meet up and discuss.

    Magdalena

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  6. Claire25Windmills

    Hi, this sounds like a very good suggestion. I have been looking at woodlands.co.uk for the last little while, and it seems like there must be better options out there. I’ve got about £30k to give to a community land pot (ideally to split between land and getting things set up for homes, food-growing, water and energy systems). I’d like to have a go at growing a couple of acres of oats and wheat (ideally using traditional horse-ploughing methods etc.) and be able to mill flour to make bread on site – I’m a Physics graduate (with a focus on wind energy) and can carve and build small wind turbines if the site chosen has an open (ideally hilltop) area in it… These can be used for electricity generation, milling grain, pumping water. Other dreams include usual growing veg, keeping chickens and maybe goats. Living in some kind of semi-earth-sheltered roundhouse like this one: http://www.ecocultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Lammas3.jpg
    If any of this sounds up your street I’d love to hear from you – please contact me at clairemorris22 at gmail dot com. All best!

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  7. Clixy123

    Hello,
    That sounds just like my plan. I am looking at buying about one acre for myself but all there’s for sale are plots that are larger and out of my budget. I envisage constructing a basic dwelling and living off grid. Be very quiet and enjoy my self to the max, reading, writing, painting, growing things, manufacturing my own bio diesel and not being sociable at all. Have just discovered about microhydro generators (judy of the woods has a good piece about these) and was hoping for a stream to submerge such a device and not worry about an ever elusive sun.
    I have earmarked about 5000 quid for the land. Last year I purchased a camper van and I can live in it initially. Am on my own (partner will visit but is too involved in the music scene here in Edinburgh to cut loose). I am a writer/artist and currently also make some money selling wheatgrass (all the juice bars in this city are buying from me, and have been for 3 uninterrupted years). I have a plan to also grow large quantities of quinoa and become pretty damn good at that.
    Well, hoping to hear from you.
    Regards

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  8. JJ

    Hi!
    Sounds great! Would love to have a chat, just send me an email.

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  9. Rob

    I’ve been living off-grid for 15 years on the southern slopes of the French Mediterranean Pyrenees – like Wales, only with sun! There’s 80 acres of woodland and a river which runs our micro-hydro turbine. I’ve just posted an ad (giving more details) saying we have an apartment for rent on site…….we have to charge rental as there are overheads to meet, but it might interest someone who wants to try living off-grid for a spell before making the financial commitment of a land purchase. Drop me a line if you’re interested.

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  10. frank

    my partner and i have been actively looking for an off grid place, we would be interested in contributing, perhaps some discussion?

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  11. herb

    love the idea and its also my dream to go off grid , i just joined this site even though for years i have wanted to take the plunge money has always been the problem , i am a carpenter and worked in the house building ( house bashing ) for years so building a house is no problem for me and i would build one that is so much better than the rubbish that is being thrown up by the big house building company’s .We live in leicester but are looking at land ourselves around the country and noticed wales is the cheapest and with the wind they get there its the best for a turbine set up
    anyway let me know how you get on with your dream
    all the best leigh & kerry

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  12. ways

    fridgewaysatgmaildotcom

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  13. Kate Talbot

    Hiya – I live in the west midlands and appear to have a very similar mindset and desire to live off grid as your idea above. Let me know if you are interested in discussing any further or if there are any developments to your idea that I could maybe get involved in?

    Regards

    Kate

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