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Buy 24 acres get Turf Bank free of charge!!!

 
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@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 10:43 am    Post subject: Buy 24 acres get Turf Bank free of charge!!!  Reply with quote    

Just had to share this with you - just got sight of land reg for smallholding moving to and we have a free turf bank of about 3 acres!!!

It seems that in times gone by smallholders had strips of turf bank which they harvested and dried for their winter fuel - how cool is that!!
Sadly turf bank as far as we can tell by rough locations appears to be gorse and bullrushes - are we buying futures???

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43953
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Could harvest it for topsoil?

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

you could be right there! Having been on the edge of the lake for several million years - or so I recall - it is rich black crumbly soil with added calcium - shells!!
Not sure if there are restrictions on what allowed too do with it - Beehives planned!!

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent, how much land altogether?

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

About 24 acres excellent pasture land around ancient cottage (mobile homes here we come!!) and down the lane the 3 acre strip of turf bog...keep me quiet for a while!!

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brilliant, livestock?

@Calli



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Currently three ponies, two warmblood broodlmares, lots of chickens ( depends on hatchlings and husband) three dogs(pups due now..)two goats, two cats,two rabbits.....

Wish list:

3 Dexter cattle, 2 saddlebacks and a few lambs for rearing...

As soon as avian threat over the pond will acquire geese and ducks....

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You've set your husband to pasture

Are you one of those Angry Wimmin?

http://forum.downsizer.net/about12307.html&highlight=

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
Posts: 1682
Location: Galway
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

err no husband not out to grass just hell bent on eating a chicken thats got gender issues!!

As for angry wimmin the whole thread made me uneasy - I am not angry, although picking up from bathroom floor makes me mad - but you make take what you can and get on with life - imho of course....

I was impressed by the knowledgable arguments put pro/con though

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

p s i 'm not sure how easy to Dexters in Ireland - import options anyone know? Got a mare coming back from stud in autumn guess I can't just throw a couple on the back of the wagon then....

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 06 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you get Herefords there? Or Ruby Red Devons (??) The bloke next door keeps Herefords and he says they're dead easy and very tasty, he gets his killed at about 18 months. Is there an Irish smallholders favourite?

gai



Joined: 31 Dec 2004
Posts: 407
Location: Ireland
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 06 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You lucky thing Exiles. The turbary rights for our smallholding were sold off long before we got here. OH would give his eye teeth for a bit of bog but it's near impossible to buy up here in Donegal. Have you checked if you're due any compensation if you don't intend cutting the turf. Here's a useful link http://www.environ.ie/DOEI/DOEIPub.nsf/00deca15dbca8cee80256d4900482e91/76773df1bc8b404180256f34002d78f0?OpenDocument
I'd have beehives on bog if we could get it. Blueberries and cranberries might grow well too. You'd better get in plenty of insect repellant though as it swarms with midges for most of the year.
Good luck with the mobile home, I was a reluctant trailer trash dweller but it's actually not been as bad as I feared.

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 06 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OOH Thanks Gai, makes me feel much better, other half currently scouring the land for mobile homes - and yes he's been in Donegal, Kildare and Wicklow now off to Blanchardstown.....could be interesting one. Trouble is I really want a 12' wide cos have two kids and feel like need a bit of space? How did you get on?

Oh and thanks for the link added to favourites!

Can't wait for the move any day now......

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