Short Story

Creek Wood in West Wales is a parcel of almost six acres of established woodland, designated as PAWS ( Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site). It is being marketed for sale as freehold and we anticipate it will move in the market swiftly.

Creek Wood – Wales

by Cynefin Hedge Fund

  • £47,000.00

    Funding Goal
  • £5,953.00

    Funds Raised
  • 0

    Days to go
  • Target Date

    Campaign End Method
Raised Percent :
12.67%
This campaign has been invalid or not started yet.
Wales, United Kingdom (UK)

Campaign Story

About The Wood:

Creek Wood in West Wales is a parcel of almost six acres of established woodland.

According to the selling agent, the woodland is designated as PAWS ( Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site) and stretches along a north facing hillside which is accessible on foot throughout. Douglas fir has kept undergrowth in check and the trees have undergone initial thinning. There is scope to create more pathways and enlarge natural clearings among the male fern and young saplings of ash, oak, and hazel.

Along the banks of the creek, the ground is mostly level and there are mature specimens of oak, sycamore, and ash, with hazel, alder and holly growing alongside the track. Towards the western boundary there are some areas of coppiced hazel and to the southern boundary, most of it fenced, the ground levels off and there are views out across the fields.

It is being marketed at a fixed price of £39,000 on a freehold basis with a covenant which prevents motorsports, clay pigeon shooting, and commercial camping among other items. The covenant presents no foreseeable problems.

We anticipate this woodland will move in the market relatively quickly and would like to secure it as swiftly as possible.

What Will Cynefin Do With The Wood?

Creek Wood will provide an ideal preservation and research site due to its PAWS status and the style of terrain. We will maintain the site but not exploit it for commercial timber, rather it will be designated as a specimen woodland in which the trees, plants, and biodiversity will be monitored at regular site visits. It will also provide audio/visual material for podcasts and films. We will also organise summer bushcraft and camping lottery-style events, where supporters of the project will be picked at random to join us for a day or night (or both) in the woods – though we will restrict this to no more than 4 times a year. Additionally, it is our intention that Cynefin Foundation will offer a land usage grant aimed at local forest schools, granting them access 6 times a year, and Cynefin Foundation will offer research access to no more than three students in relevant fields of study in order to support their academic efforts.

Creek Wood will not be used in the production of charcoal, however it is likely to provide at least two cubic metres of seasoned logs (bio-mass fuel) per year, which we intend Cynefin Foundation will offer locally as a winter fuel grant by application.

Due to the diverse range of trees, Creek Wood will also be used as a seed woodland, supporting new planting projects elsewhere.

A limited amount of timber and deadwood will be used in woodland crafting and those products will be sold to the general public, most likely online.

No workshop structure will be built on the site, though bushcrafted shelters, hides, firepits, and benches will be.

The title of the land at Creek Wood will be held by Cynefin Digital Limited and the land will not be sold on or leased for profit or otherwise.

Project Costings

Minimum Pledge / Contribution: £3.00 (see About the Cynefin Hedge Fund for transparency on transaction fees, minimum pledges, and uplift calculations).

Purchase Price: £39,000.00

Transaction Fee Safety Net (Uplift): £3,510.00 (£39,000 x £0.09 – Transaction Fees at £3.00 minimum pledge)

Conveyacing, Land Registry, and Searches (Max): £1,380 inc VAT

Woodland Insurance with Public Liability: £408.00 (Two Years Premiums)

Shed / Workshop: £0

Site Tools: £0

Charcoal Kiln: £0

Initial Woodland Planning and Site Management: £2,500.00

Contingency / Sundries: £200.00

Total: £47,000 (Rounded up by £2.00)

Fallback Investment:

At Cynefin Hedge Fund, there is no such thing as a failed project. Every project has a fall back option, in so far as any project which achieves part of its target but not the whole will nominate a secondary purpose to make sure nothing is wasted.

If this project fails to raise more than 15% of its target, the funds will be allocated to Cynefin Foundation research grants, to be used to support academic work in relevant areas of study. If this project fails to meet its goal but raises more than 15% of its target the funds will diverted to another project in the woodland preservation category. Everything here is transparent, leaving you to make reasoned choices about whether or not to support projects and Cynefin as a whole and, to be blunt, recycling is no bad thing.

As soon as you make a pledge, your payment is processed immediately and transaction fees are incurred. Please only make pledges if you are committed to supporting the Creek Wood project and with the full understanding that if the project fails to meet its target or the wood is sold before the project meets its target, the investment you have made will be “recycled” as set out above.

Rewards:

Cynefin Hedge Fund does not operate a traditional reward system as many other crowdfunding sites do. Rather, you will have access to exclusive content (podcasts, articles, and film) when you are logged in. Additionally, supporting this project will automatically enter you into the annual lotteries for camping nights and bushcraft days at Creek Wood and if you are selected you will be notified by email. Where woodland craft products from the site are made and sold, you will also be entitled to an exclusive discount when you checkout.

Challenges:

The main challenge with this project, as with all Cynefin Hedge Fund projects at this early stage, is that the market moves relatively quickly and it is possible Creek Wood will be subject to an offer before the target is met. If you do support this project, please share it widely to try and accelerate the achievement of the funding goal and help to mitigate this risk.

 

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