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The Practical Guide to Buying and Running a Smallholding in Wales

These days, more and more citizens dream of escaping the rat race and moving to pastoral provinces—such as can be found in the Welsh countryside. This accessible and captivating volume offers practical, straightforward advice to those actively pursuing that dream, citing the author’s firsthand experience in buying and selling a smallholding in Wales. A pragmatic guide for the urban expatriate, or for anyone with an interest in the pitfalls and positives of packing it all up and downsizing for a life in the country, this book is a helpful compendium that includes a glossary of Welsh place names and their meanings, as well as an essential list of Welsh words and phrases.

192 pages | 38 color plates | 5 2/5 x 8 1/2

Reference and Bibliography

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Table of Contents


About the author


1. Are you ready to live the dream?

Deciding to leave the rat-race

2. A welcome in the hillside?

Why Wales is different

3. Making it work

Financing your dream

4. Choosing your smallholding

Avoiding the pitfalls

5. Getting ready to move

Preparing for your new lifestyle

6. Where there’s muck…?
Subsidies and agri-environment schemes

7. Legal requirements

Getting registered

8. Your first livestock

What and how to choose

9. Growing your own

Feeding your livestock

10. Selling your produce

Making money from small holding

11. Living with nature

Wildlife-friendly farming

12. A year on a smallholding

A taste of the author’s ‘good life’


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