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Burkers Plantation - SOLD, Yorkshire - Nearly 3 ¼ acres, £35,000

Burkers Plantation - SOLD

Burkers Plantation, a planted ancient woodland site (PAWS), is comprised of three areas of distinct character.

On the highest ground and making up the largest section of the wood, tall, well spaced and established pine trees of around sixty years of age, seem to make the wood glow with their rust coloured trunks. A hedgerow forms the eastern boundary where the wood borders pasture, grazed at present by sheep. The edge has a number of aspen trees, the leaves of which quake in the slightest breeze. Other hedgerow species here include hazel, oak and birch as well as wild rose and honeysuckle and the margins are filled with wildflowers and grasses. This upper section of the wood is quite open and airy, though there are some younger trees growing beneath: notably oak, rowan, small holly bushes and the odd elder - great food plants for resident wildlife.

A ride-stop entrance has been created off the main track leading into the wood: the stoned-up surface of this gives way to a mown foot-track that strikes off around a splendid spreading oak tree. Heading down the gentle slope, deeper into the wood, the distinct aroma of the pine, bracken and ferns is strong. As the route reaches the northern section of the wood, the broadleaved trees increase in number and all along the boundary with the adjoining fields, there are very large coppiced sycamore trees, as well as some hazel. Lots of bluebells flourish in this area with a carpet of blue in the Spring and a rustic bench is situated here; ideal for taking in views across the neighbouring grassland, or back into the pine wood.

Burkers Plantation is full of birdlife, especially in the Spring and Summer. Tits and tiny goldcrests find plenty to eat amongst the canopy of the pines and robins, blackbirds, chiff-chaffs and willow tits enjoy the cover of the young trees, honeysuckle and blackberry bushes.

Towards the lower, western end of the wood, there is a belt of quite large, straight, oaks, probably around seventy years old with hazel coppice, holly and rowan trees mixed in: the woodland floor beneath is more clear and ferns are dotted through. A drainage dyke, that has been recently cleared, forms the dividing line between this second section and a narrow belt of quite young woodland.

The western section has been replanted with oak trees in protective tubes, around eight years ago. Along with some regenerating birch, pine and holly, this is a most attractive area, filled with sunlight and butterflies.

Burkers Plantation is an ideal wood for family forestry, occasional camping and woodcraft projects.

The wood takes its name from the plain around Naburn Wood to the north. Documents show the exchange arranged in 1486 between Brian Palmes and Richard Acklam. Palmes was to receive houses and unidentified arable and meadow land. In return he conveyed to Acklam ‘44 a. lying in seven closes adjoining Naburn wood; 18 a. adjoining a close of Acklam's and a moor called Birker Bushes; common for 12 cattle, 6 horses, 60 sheep, and 6 pigs in two moors adjoining certain riddings and closes and next to Birker and South wood; and meadow land in the ings’.

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: £35,000 Freehold
  • Location: Escrick, near York, Yorkshire
  • Size: Nearly 3 ¼ acres for sale


The boundary of Burkers Plantation is marked with blue paint on trees along the south, east and northern edges of the wood and on wooden posts along the western boundary.

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OS Landranger: OS No 36
Grid ref: SE 610 428
Nearest post code: YO19 6HT



Just 7 miles south of York and half an hour from Leeds.

Satnav: The postcode YO19 6HT is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map/s.


From the A64 York:-

From the A19 Selby:-

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The boundary of Burkers Plantation is marked with blue paint on trees along the south, east and northern edges of the wood and on wooden posts along the western boundary.

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