Making The Most Of Rural Space

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When moving to the countryside, the chance to own a little bit of land may come your way. This might be part of the property you purchase, such as a half-acre or full-acre, or it may come as a natural sale of land that local farmers sometimes find appropriate, especially when downsizing or resizing their operations.

If you do have a little bit of land to play with, it can be hard to know what to do with it. Of course, first, we must make sure that it’s protected, as setting up some fences can be key in preventing people from trespassing (or being confused as per a local public footpath leading near to the property). 

It’s also important to make sure this space is managed right, such as with worthwhile irrigation and cutting the grass should you need to, depending on the land type. There are a few additional considerations to keep abreast of depending on your intent. In this guide, we’ll give some fundamental pointers to help you get started:

Smallholding Activities

If you have the inclination and the budget, running a smallholding, otherwise known as a small, hobbyist farm-like setup, will be a  great choice. Keeping a horse in the best horse shed could give you plenty of work to do, including visits to the farrier, bonding with this noble creature, and beginning horse riding lessons which you will ultimately be able to bring to your own horse. You may also decide to keep a few sheep with careful shelters and constructed boundaries, or even start small with chickens.

Marking Out Public Access

It’s not uncommon for those with land to host some kind of public utility as part of their private space. For instance, pipeline access points, network towers, or lines can all play a part, and may require you to provide access at any time of the week to workmen who may come to schedule maintenance or make repairs. They may also ask you to keep an eye on this and to not interfere with their capabilities of accessing and finding such a fixture easily. Marketing this out, keeping the land in good condition around it, and doing your best to develop the space without causing harm is a great use of your time.


Harvesting can serve as a fantastic means of making the most of a space. With proper irrigation and planting, you may be able to make a fantastic yield from your vegetables. Or, perhaps you could rent this space as a private allotment, but make sure that the appropriate permits are given before you market it.

Sometimes, simply preserving the land and its natural growth, such as apple trees, orchards, and berry bushes could be ideal for you, as they’re low-cost to maintain and yield the best of nature’s bounty.

With this advice, we believe you’ll be able to make the most of your rural space, thriving and enjoying your new life in the countryside as a result.


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