Honourable Land Claim

Honourable Land Claim

Postby geeman » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:31 am

Hi all.

We recently staked a claim in a way we thought to be the safest and most honourable way available to us and the information posted here is purely for information as we are no experts in this nor do we claim to have any special or extra knowledge about the subject. It is being done on a shoe-string budget as we are pretty much penniless and are moving from our accommodation in just over 2 weeks time due to the stress and constant harassment by our 'community' which is at a point that we would rather live in a tent than continue to live with it. This is how we went about it.

First off, we wanted to do it in a way which we felt kept us in honour. As we don't have a penny to rub together, the option of buying was a non-starter. We didn't feel it honourable to acquire something which involved adverse possession, whether the land was being maintained to a standard we thought fit or not. So we looked towards Bono Vacantis (good vacant) where the land was not registered nor was it kept. It took 3 weeks, about £100 in fuel, £60 for SIM search results with the Land Registry including postage fees and approximately £30 in land preparation costs to find and stake a claim. The biggest fees are to come with fencing, accommodation and mains water acquisition which are going to take some time and saving for. Luckily, quite some time ago, we saved and invested into a small 1000w pure sine wave energy kit, solar powered, as a way to reduce our electricity bills which we can transport with us. LED lighting can be run from the ground so cheaply that it is not a consideration in costs. This is maybe another topic at another time.

At first, the land looked like it was a semi-maintained old tarmac hard standing dug out into the side of the hill with large verging and had been occasionally used for parking and overnight camper van stays. It was heavily overgrown with weeds to the sides, off a country road and was not 'properly' maintained by anyone. The local council don't cut the verges on this part but are vigilant with the remainder of the roadside. Drinks cans, fast food cartons and other debris had been thrown into the flora, with weeds as high as 10' in places and people had used it on occasion as a toilet.

A SIM search with the Land Registry showed the land to be unregistered with no registered estate, no caution against first registration or caution against application for first registration and therefore they held no records for the land. An online search with the local highways website, using their ordnance survey maps, showed that the land was not kept through public funds and did not show as their responsibility. Though on an initial drive by it could have easily been overlooked as possibly belonging to the highways.

To stake the claim, we simply put a line of stones, which we found on the land, across the entrance and painted them white on top. The rubbish was cleaned up and a notice stating 'private land, keep off' was put at the entrance. Lime was spread over the site to cleanse it. That is as far as we have got to date. Of course, still early stages yet.

We have put this up as an example of how it can be done and as a live example of what the Common Law could deem to be an honourable land claim and one which we feel would stand in honour before a Judge in a Court of Law should it ever be necessary.

The point is that you don't have to put up with the crap and don't presume that there is no place for you.


g & h.

We will be updating on any events as they happen for those who wish to follow a live process.

Update: 25th day of August, Year 2016
Visited the land today as we are expecting a caravan to arrive tomorrow. One of the local farmers has been since our last recent visit and ripped the signs up, stolen the stones and defecated in front of where the private sign was. He left his tractor tyre marks on the hard standing when he drove over the wet paint on the stones. Of course, we got some phone video footage of the damage and tracks.We replaced the private land sign with a larger one and a no entry sign attached to it, replaced the stones with double the amount and put a white wire across the entrance. I wonder what we'll have tomorrow morning when we arrive lol. Of course, had money allowed, we would have had the entrance physically fenced off so that they would have had to commit criminal damage to gain entry. It does go to show that even though the land is unregistered and has been neglected and abused for the last 9 years that we know of, some people can still have a problem. HIghways and the national trust both drove past today and didn't stop to say they had a problem with it and we had a drive by 'pipper' in support of what we are doing.
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