As the name may suggest, chanterelles are prolific throughout this woodland and the greater Pitgarvie woods that surround. The mature Scots pine has been judiciously thinned in the past letting light in, down to the woodland floor, to create a riot of competing fungi, plant and insect life.
Chanterelle Wood is bounded on one side by a lightly travelled minor road, over which there are magnificent views across the Aberdeenshire countryside. Entry to the wood is through a set of double gates with the option of parking in this wide, shared entrance way or to park on an area of hardstanding within the wood itself. The stoney ride-stop area would be convenient for seasoning and stacking timber, extracted for sustainable domestic firewood use.
The mature woodland is particularly easy to traverse with a clear understorey. Some of the activity of previous thinning is evident in the forwarder tracks. Where deep enough, some of these hold water and have created seasonal pools that support further insect diversity. In the shade wood sorrel thrives, a tasty salad garnish, while in other more damp places star moss and ferns abound. With the sun shining, a walk through these woods is an uplifting experience with much to see, hear and smell. Sitting on the rustic bench deep in the wood, it is easy to escape the frenetic pace of modern life and unwind.
Though records of chanterelles being eaten date back to the 16th century, they first gained widespread recognition as a culinary delicacy with the spreading influence of French cuisine in the 18th century, when they began appearing in palace kitchens. For many years they remained renowned for being served at the tables of nobility. Nowadays the use of chanterelles in the kitchen is common throughout Europe and North America. In 1836, the Swedish mycologist Elias Fries considered the chanterelle "as one of the most important and best edible mushrooms."
It is important to take great care when foraging for fungi: many mushrooms are poisonous. Thankfully not the chanterelle; a splendid resource of this woodland.
Pitgarvie woodlands, that Chanterelle Wood is part of, are situated in idyllic, historic and very peaceful rural surroundings. Red squirrels live here as well as deer and lesser small mammals and birds too, including woodpecker, buzzards and the elusive jay. For the adventurous ornithologist, there are some grants available for encouraging capercaille, which used to occupy the area. The trees are a diverse mixture of species and ages and have been very well managed. Scots pine prevails adding bulk to the growing timber, but young spruce and birch are gaining strength and adding interesting variety and there are also significant mixed broadleaves including rowan, oak and alder.
Surrounding Area: Nearby are the tourist villages of Edzell, with its beautiful but hidden, "rocks of solitude" walk along the North Esk river, and Fettercairn with its working distillery. Slightly further afield are Glamis Castle and Lunan Bay beach and the fishing town of Montrose. Dundee and Aberdeen are each approximately 35 mins drive.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.
Boundaries are marked by purple painted post tops.
You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.
Do also remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.
OS Landranger: OS No 45
Grid ref: NO 670 703
Nearest post code: AB30 1BA
Travelling along the A90 dual carriageway, take the turn for the B974 and head towards Fettercairn. At the Sauchieburn Hotel crossroads turn right and travel approximately 900m along this minor public road, past the field and cottages on your left. Carry on until you reach a pair of double gates and a woodlands for sale sign.
Climb over the gate and walk about 100m up the new hard track. Chanterelle Wood is on your left.
Boundaries are marked by purple painted post tops.
Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on his or her mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.
Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.
All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.
These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.