Smallholders Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Shwmae/Hello.  (Read 4678 times)


  • Joined Aug 2023
« on: August 29, 2023, 10:32:33 am »
Hi everyone,
Iím very new here and very new to samllholding. In fact, I donít even have any land yet!
Iím posting here in the hope someone can advise me slightly, Iím looking at a pasture field but itís on top of some cliffs, the next ďfieldsĒ down from it are coastal slope. So, the edge of the world.
Is this viable? Will the wind simply blow down all my crops? I have visited the site but only on a nice day so far, just to check soil depth etc.
Apologies if this is the wrong place to post, if it is could someone show me to the ďrose tinted noobĒ threads please  😂


  • Joined Jun 2023
Re: Shwmae/Hello.
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2023, 09:58:00 am »
I am not an expert but the idea of starting out trying to grow in a place with high winds carrying salt water, on land that may be at risk of falling into the sea at the best of times, never mind with potential sea-level rise... It's just not worth it. Aside from the added difficulty in growing in that environment, even though the land may not be directly affected in our lifetimes, it's not unlikely it'll lose value through that added risk. When I was looking for a site I used this tool to rule out any that could be a future flood risk (it only works by elevation and won't show erosion risks).


  • Joined Aug 2023
Re: Shwmae/Hello.
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2023, 02:59:56 pm »
Thank you so much. There are probably more suitable sites if Iím patient.
I knew Iíd view it and fall in love! Needed the sensible view. I think youíre right, with the wind and salt I may be fighting a losing battle. I guess if it worked more people would be doing it!
Itís a fair distance set back in terms of erosion risk and very high up in terms of flood risk but I think just the wind and salt alone could be the problem.
Thanks again for your reply.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Shwmae/Hello.
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2023, 04:19:56 pm »
Doesn't sound like arable land.  Look around at the surrounding land.  Grazed close (or mowed and hay taken)  and/or has sheep on?  Or stubble fields where crops have been taken off?  If the latter, you may be in with a chance.  If nothing but scrub and livestock, it'll not be the best growing land.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Aug 2023
Re: Shwmae/Hello.
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2023, 04:33:55 pm »
Thanks for your reply. Yep, itís had hay cut off it. Itís a lot nicer and greener than the surrounding fields, but I think itís just been well managed grazing land! Surrounding fields are pretty much scrub. Iím turning my sights inland now, thanks for your response.


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