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    Yippee!!

    Just got permission to wander at will in the privately owned wood below, had a sneaky peak and it is fantastic 29 hectare semi natural broad leaved woodland with almost undisturbed wildlife.



    Access is on a wildlife watching/photography basis, with a bit of foraging thrown in. Didn't want to blow things on the first ask so went for the least controversial activities first.

    Expressed an interest in helping the ranger with any management work which hopefully, once I've demonstrated what a decent responsible type I am, might lead to a bit more liberty in bushcraft terms. Need to prove that the last thing I'd want to do is damage such a fantastic habitat though!

    Just thought I'd encourage those with nowhere to play, have a look at your local OS map, go and visit the woods you can, speak to the landowners you meet and who knows where it might lead!

    Scoops

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    Excellent work Scoops.

    Nice one

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    Nice one Scoops, well done....That also good encouragement for others.....
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    Hi,

    Enjoy your new playground - it looks wonderful

    I've been trying to buy some woodland in Kent for the last year or so. I've been outbid at auction every time

    Must get on to the local land owners and see if I can also get somewhere to play.

    Enjoy!

    Phil

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    Oh sweet
    Very heartening too to hear of successful access stories South of the border.
    Best of luck with it all,
    Toddy
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    well done mate, enjoy it
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    Thumbs up

    You lucky so and so! Well done mate,blummin marvelous .

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    I forgot to mention it's in an AONB too There are no pheasants/shooting rights, the wood is managed purely to promote wildlife.

    When I found it last weekend there were tracks everywhere.

    Below is fantastic Roe deer track, I spooked who made it about 30 secs after taking this picture (hooray for Advantage Timber )! I would have followed the tracks further but I didn't want to get nabbed too far from the nearest path before I had asked permission.



    Going for a proper explore this weekend, can't wait

    Scoops

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    Ooo I know where that it is! Congratulations, have fun - take lots of photos.
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    lucky bugger
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    Excellent news, it goes to show that there is light at the end of the tunnel for people looking for somewhere. I hope you have many hours of enjoyment there. What an opportunity to learn
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    I'm so jealous!

    Nice one mate hope you have fun in your new playground.

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    Thats awesome for you mate, ya lucky bleeder!

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    Enjoy...
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    I think the term is:

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    have a great time.

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    OK somebody pinch me, was out sailing yesterday so today was my first proper opportunity to explore my new playground.

    I have died and gone to heaven! The woods are stunning!



    Aside from the bridleway that runs through the SE edge there are *no* human paths or even evidence that the world outside exists, just animal paths and a pristine woodland.

    Best break out my Roger Phillips collection, there are fungi everywhere, what a chance to learn!







    If you know what any of these are, don't tell me just yet, it's tonight's entertainment

    Cheers

    Scoops

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    D'you think the planners would go for us dividing the country up into natural playgrounds?
    Seriously, that looks so very good. Hope you enjoy it for a long tiime to come.

    Cheers,
    Toddy
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    You lucky lucky lucky man!

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