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Briarcroft Wood, Devon - About 4 ⅔ rd acres, £39,000

Briarcroft Wood

Taking its name from a local farm, Briarcroft Wood is located towards the southern end of a large area of private woodlands, known as Youldridge Woods, which were once part of the Buckland estate, with its imposing manor house in nearby Buckland Filleigh.

A shared access track divides Briarcroft Wood into two parts, each having its own distinct character. The area to the east (right hand side) of the track is on a very slight slope with open farmland beyond the hedge-bank which forms the eastern boundary. In this part of the woodland the main species of tree is douglas fir, planted in the 1960s, with here and there deciduous trees such as beech, hazel and ash, together with many small hollies.

To the left of the track, the feel of the woodland is quite different. Ranks of closely planted western hemlock cover the western facing slope, leading down to a more open, level area all along the meandering Musselbrook river which is the western boundary. This part of the wood is best accessed via the broad track which runs from the parking space at the woodland entrance down to the riverside area, where a mix of broadleaved trees including oak and willow line the riverbank.

Although a popular planting approach in the 1960s; the closely spaced trees (4ft / 1.2m apart) produce straight stems with limited side branch growth, once matured the woodland can tend to be rather dense, limiting the amount of light reaching the woodland floor and hence restricting the growth of ground flora. Selective thinning has recently been carried out, creating 'pockets' of light and space, and already plants can be seen emerging at ground level as well as new growth on the broadleaved trees (mostly ash) which are dotted among the hemlock.

All of the thinnings were sold to a local potter for use as fuel for his wood-fired kiln. The potter is keen to purchase further fuel in the future and a current felling licence is in hand. So everything is in place should the buyer of Briarcroft Wood wish to carry out further thinnings.

It is the riverside area which is likely to draw the attention of amateur naturalists, with its rich mix of plants, birdlife (including heron, kingfishers, grey wagtails and dippers) and much evidence of deer crossing the river to and from the open fields which lay on the far side of the water. Benches located beside the river are the perfect spots to sit quietly, look and listen - it is surprising how quickly the wildlife reappears.

This is a woodland which has the potential to be further enhanced by active management to create a more diverse natural environment.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

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.

  • Price: £39,000 Freehold
  • Location: Buckland Filleigh, Devon
  • Size: About 4 ⅔ rd acres for sale


All boundaries are indicated with pink markings on posts and trees.

The northern boundary is a line of posts.

The eastern boundary is a bank with stock fencing.

The southern boundary is a line of posts.

The western boundary is the river.

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Local manager

stuart Stuart Brooking
07801 789215 or 01392 436229

Read more about Stuart.

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OS Landranger: OS No 191
Grid ref: SS 474 096
Nearest post code: EX21 5PQ



The village of Highampton lies on the A3072 between the market towns of Hatherleigh (approx 4 miles to the east) and Holsworthy (approx 9.5 miles to the west).

From Highampton:

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX21 5PQ is for Lower West Heanton Farm, the point shown by the red dot on the two location maps.


All boundaries are indicated with pink markings on posts and trees.

The northern boundary is a line of posts.

The eastern boundary is a bank with stock fencing.

The southern boundary is a line of posts.

The western boundary is the river.

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