Buying a Wood

All of the wood­lands on this web­site are owned by Wildlife Wood­lands Ltd, and the pur­chase price is shown in the details. In addi­tion you will have to pay your own legal costs which you should agree with your own lawyer/conveyancer. Some solic­i­tors may con­sider buy­ing wood­land rather “small beer” and may require a prod from time to time. Most sales are com­pleted within about two months.

The buy­ing process is as follows:

If you have decided to buy a wood, let us know and send us the address of your lawyer.  As soon as you have agreed to buy the wood we will take it off the web­site and accept no more offers.  We will then send a let­ter to your lawyer to con­firm the sale and to let them know the name and address of our own lawyer.

You will then have to send to your lawyer:

  • The name(s) of those you wish to own the woodland
  • Any ques­tions you might have regard­ing titles or rights which you would like your lawyer to check. He /she will check all the stan­dard things like bound­aries, drains, tele­phone or elec­tric­ity cables, rights of access etc. but now is the time to ask. (Try us first as we will try and answer as many ques­tions as we can for free!)
  • 10% of the pur­chase price to be avail­able for a deposit.  How­ever, many pur­chasers exchange and com­plete on the same day, pay­ing the full amount in one go.  Gen­er­ally buy­ing a wood fol­lows the same process as buy­ing a home, but there are no com­pli­ca­tions with chains or com­ple­tion dates.

Mean­while our lawyer will send your lawyer a draft con­tract and a copy of the Land Reg­istry title for the wood­land.  Your Lawyer will then send to our lawyer a stan­dard set of pre-contract enquiries and any addi­tional out­stand­ing queries. We will return this as soon as pos­si­ble.  Please bear in mind that wood­lands some­times have slightly hazy bound­aries, with streams chang­ing course, bound­ary fences not quite match­ing the Land Reg­istry title; fenc­ing con­trac­tors take the best route, usu­ally, but not always slightly into the prop­erty of the neigh­bour.  Some other com­mon questions:

  • Are there any fenc­ing oblig­a­tions or lia­bil­i­ties?  Gen­er­ally no, as it is a farmer’s respon­si­bil­ity to keep stock in on their own land.  How­ever, some old Forestry Com­mis­sion woods do have a fenc­ing obligation.
  • Who owns the sport­ing rights, and are they exercised?
  • If a prop­erty is lease­hold, how long is the lease, and what are the annual pay­ments?  Wildlife Wood­lands gen­er­ally only deals in free­hold woods, or those with very long leases (999 years, with at least 900 to run).  A lease of less than 100 years is only one gen­er­a­tion of trees, and quite short term if you are deal­ing with trees with a 250 year life expectancy.
  • Are there any statu­tory des­ig­na­tions that may affect future man­age­ment, for exam­ple a Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific Inter­est, or a Tree Preser­va­tion Order?

Once ques­tions have been raised and dealt with to everyone’s sat­is­fac­tion, your lawyer sends you a con­tract with a plan show­ing bound­aries and rights of way. You will need to sign and return this. We will do the same with our own copy.  We then agree exchange and com­ple­tion dates, which can be on sep­a­rate days, or rolled into one.  If sep­a­rate you will need to pro­vide a 10% deposit on exchange and the remain­ing 90% for the com­ple­tion date.  On the com­ple­tion date, your lawyer trans­fers the bal­ance of the money, and the wood­land is yours.

A copy of the Land Reg­istry Cer­tifi­cate will be sent to your lawyer who will either send it on to you or keep it on your behalf.  We each then have to pay our lawyers for all the above.

Con­grat­u­la­tions you now own your own wood­land. While we are deal­ing with tech­ni­cal details, you may wish to look at fur­ther infor­ma­tion on wood­land tax­a­tion.

Please note that if the sale is delayed beyond a rea­son­able length of time we reserve the right to return the wood­land to the market.

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