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SOLD: Drumble Wood £74,000 Freehold

Description

Drumble Wood is growing on a gentle south facing slope with a mix of lovely mature oak trees, complemented by alder, birch, rowan and beech with holly forming the understorey. Dappled sunlight reaches the forest floor where a rich carpet of grasses, bluebells and native ferns cover the ground.

From the gated entrance, where a vehicle can be parked, the lush meadow stretches out along the valley bottom to the north-west of the wood. A small meandering stream enters it at the north-eastern end and finds its way into a small and diverse pond, teaming with wildlife

The vegetation in the meadow is comprised of grasses and rush with meadowsweet and foxgloves – a lovely sunny area enclosed by a fence on three sides and a tumbled-down stone wall on the boundary with Drumble Wood.

Proceeding into the wood, a high canopy of oak, of varying ages, provides cooling shade and the ground slopes gently to an ancient trackway, (within the wood) forming the southern boundary. This old way roughly follows a contour forming a level terrace, it could be opened up – trimming overhanging branches and clearing debris, to give vehicular access to aid management. You can follow the trackway eastwards along the boundary until the stone wall boundary at the eastern end of the wood.

A tree preservation order covers Drumble Wood and the wider woodland.

A maze of animal trails and clear routes give foot access throughout the wood and link up a tapestry of small clearings, interspersed with patches of bramble and thickets of holly.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Trees

Oak with alder, birch, rowan, beech and holly

Wildlife

With an untouched wild feel, Drumble Wood is rich in wildlife with birds and mammals and the woodland edge and meadow is an excellent habitat for invertebrate species, full of butterflies in the summer months.

The water course and pond are also a great draw for wildlife, deer trails criss-cross the wood and both roe deer and muntjac can be seen. Brown hare and rabbits are also present along with grey squirrels.

All sorts of woodland birds can be found from greater spotted woodpeckers and treecreepers, wrens and chiffchaffs, there are an abundance of nesting sites amongst the fissured trees and prickly bushes.

Features

  • Peaceful location
  • South facing
  • Old oak trees
  • Wildlife trails,
  • Pond and stream
  • Clearings
  • Serene meadow

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the quiet B-road to the north of the wood, a shared track leads across a field until the entrance gate is reached. Beyond the gate, there is space for parking and number of vehicles within the meadow. The woodland is accessed on foot from this point. The ancient trackway, with some work, could be used to provide improved vehicle access, just inside the southern boundary of the wood.

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.

Activities

  • An excellent wood for wildlife watching
  • Great conservation project
  • Some potential tree planting opportunities in the meadow
  • Pond dipping
  • Small scale livestock keeping
  • Home firewood resource
  • Foraging opportunities

Local area and history

The wood lies to the north of the town of Leek, close to Tittesworth. In 1858 the Staffordshire Potteries Water Works Co dammed the River Churnet to create Tittesworth reservoir. A century later this waterbody was extended and is now run as a popular local leisure destination for outdoor fun and refreshment, by Severn Trent Water.

Other attractions in the wider area include National Trust Biddulph Grange Garden, Alton Towers Resort and an abundance of things to see and do within the Peak District National Park.

Wood maps

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

Find this wood

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

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 118
  • Grid ref: SJ 985 592
  • Nearest post code: ST13 8SB
  • GPS coordinates: 53.1282, -2.0313

Location map

Directions

  • Locate Leek and take the A523 north west out of the town.
  • After crossing the river take the first right signed to Meerbrook.
  • At the T junction turn left.
  • Pull through the metal gate with the 'Woodlands for Sale' sign on and park on the left in the compound: walk along the track across the field and over the low bridge. The meadow entrance is on the left through the metal gate, the wood through the metal gate straight ahead and then to the left.
  • Note:- The purchaser will be given a full right of way for vehicle access into the wood. ·

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

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.

Located just outside the Peak District National Park, close to Leek, Tittesworth Reservoir and the Roaches, this peaceful, broadleaf woodland includes some meadow land and a small wildlife pond

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]