Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire

Exchanging contracts to buy the land

We are back to that really painful yet inevitable stage where wording of contract clauses needs to debated and agreed in detail.  It is so slow but also quite important to get it right:

  • do we allow the seller to still have rights to access any services we put on our land from the field he will still own next door?
  • are there any clauses that might stop us building something we need later?
  • etc

In our case this is made worse by our seller not being on email and so everything has to be typed by the secretary and then posted snail-mail back and forth.

We just agreed the last bits of principle and now need to solicitor to send out the final land transfer paperwork for signing,

We are very confident that this will all have a happy ending very soon. We were hoping it would be this week so we have taken the risk of ordering fencing materials, gates and a digger for the weekend.  Now we just need to wait .....again. 


Found land for the nursery (hopefully)

For those of you who have been following our progress we have great news; after nine months of tricky discussions with local landowners we may have finally agreed terms on a plot of land. We wasted 6 months progressing a deal only to have the farmer change his mind about selling.  This time, I have looked the guy in the eyes, shaken hands on a price and heard him instruct his solicitor.  Fingers crossed this goes through.

The plot is 6 acres, one of which is a long access-way (which has hurt to have to pay the extra for but control of the access is fairly important!),  a four acre square field with mature hedging on 3 sides and further acre tucked in at the side which might make an idea site for a house one day. (Yes, dreaming again.)

It has been used as occasional pasture for sheep for the last decade and is fairly overgrown so will take a bit of work to make it usable. (this is my daughter up to her waist in nettles in the access-way) But its a really nice site in a good location.

We have taken the risk of buying it without an option agreement on planning permission. This is slightly risky but its right next door to another nursery so the chances or getting permission for horticultural structures are very high.

So, now I have to get very busy with solicitors, planners etc and get the project back on track.

Wish us well?