SOLD: Bullfinch Wood £95,000 Freehold


Located withing the Cotgrave Forest and surrounded by woodland on all sides, Bullfinch Wood feels peaceful and secluded. The mature trees, around 60 years old, are well spaced creating a light and airy woodland with straight trunked Corsican and Scots pine; the latter is easy to identify owing to the redness of the bark.

The light allows other self-seeded native trees to grow beneath the high canopy and there is a lovely mix of species such as alder, hawthorn, cherry, holly and goat willow. These younger trees, combined with climbing honeysuckle and ivy, provide feeding and nesting opportunities as well as cover for resident birds, insects and mammals.

The level forest floor has a varied mix of plant types including grasses, bracken, nettles as well as native ferns and burdock (with its Velcro-like seed heads)

Situated within the wood, a short distance from the ride-stop entrance, is a wooden bench. Sitting here is a great place to take in the surroundings, listening to the breeze in the pine canopy and the calls of the woodland birds.

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.


The main canopy is made up of Cosican pine and Scots pine. There is also alder, willow, ash, holly, hawthorn, wych elm and cherry.


Being part of a larger wooded area means that a lot of different species pass through Bullfinch Wood. Roe deer and muntjac can be observed and would be picked up by a carefully placed trail camera. Buzzards are frequently seen and heard overhead. The pine trees with the deeply fissured bark and pine cones provide good feeding opportunities; bullfinches and goldcrests are amongst the most striking species that can be spotted and there is no doubt that squirrels are benefitting from the pine cones.

Other birds that are often around include wrens, blue tits, woodpeckers and crows. There is also good cover for foxes and badgers that may pass through on occasion.


  • Level ground with good access on foot beyond the ride-stop.
  • Bright and airy feel
  • Bench in a clearing
  • Secluded yet easy to reach by car

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access from Laming Gap Lane is via Wolds Lane, a stone track which leads right up to the ride-stop entrance of the wood, where there is space to park. A green, unsurfaced shared ride also gives access along the south-western boundary of Bullfinch Wood. There is no access along the ride which borders the north-eastern boundary of the wood.

The terrain in the wood is level and can be accessed on foot, or in a vehicle, should the undergrowth be cleared.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


A smaller and easily manageable woodland, it would be an ideal place to escape to, to enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Some firewood could be harvested for fulfilling your domestic needs and seasonal foraging for wild ingredients could expand the cook’s larder.

Wildlife enthusiasts might consider erecting bird and bat boxes to help support resident populations with nesting and roosting sites.

The grass covered clearings between the trees are ideal for occasional camping trips.

Local area and history

The place-name Cotgrave seems to have been derived from the Old English personal name, Cotta with graf (Old English), grove or copse, to make 'Cotta's grove'.

The local area is known as the Vale of Belvoir, meaning ‘beautiful view’, in French. The name was used by the 11th century Norman invaders when the original Belvoir Castle was established, but the native Anglo-Saxon population was unable to pronounce such a foreign word, preferring to call it "Beaver Castle" and this pronunciation is still used today. The area’s most famous produce includes Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, both area ideal for a picnic in the woods.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundary markings are in blue on posts along the north eastern boundary. The remaining markings are on trees next to the arable land, alongside the track to the grass track to the north east and the grass ride to the southwest.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 126
  • Grid ref: SK 641 326
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.8875, -1.04812

Location map


Just 10 miles from the centre of Nottingham and 20 miles north of Leicester.


From the South:-

  • Travelling along the A46 turn on to the A606 signed to Nottingham.
  • Pass the left turn to Widmerpool.
  • Continue straight on through Stanton-on-the-Wolds.
  • Immediately after leaving Stanton-on-the-Wolds turn right into Laming Gap Lane.

From the West:-

  • Travelling along the M52 turn on to the A606 signed to Melton.
  • Go under the railway and through Tollerton.
  • Go straight on at the traffic lights.
  • Pass two left turns to Normanton.
  • Immediately before Stanton-on-the Wolds village sign turn left onto Laming Gap Lane.

Laming Gap Lane:-

  • Pass Wynnstay Cottage on the left and proceed to a sharp right hand bend.
  • Park in the lay-by at this point.
  • Cotgrave Forest is 100 metres north east along Wolds Lane.
  • Walk round the green entrance barrier and continue along the track (Wolds Lane), and follow the track round a sharp right hand bend and then take the left-hand downhill turn.
  • Continue for 250 metres, taking the first left turn.
  • Proceed for 300 metres and then turn left. Bullfinch Wood is located a further 150 metres and to the left of the track.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

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 their 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.

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.

A mature pine wood, mixed with some broadleaved trees. Part of a larger forest and rich in wildlife it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]