SOLD: Dunsthorne Copse £85,000 Freehold

  • Cotgrave, near Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • just over 4.5 acres
  • Northern England


Growing in Cotgrave Forest, Dunsthorne Copse is easily accessible and on level ground, with what appears to be ridge and furrow patterns. The tree cover is all native broadleaf, of a mixed age including mature oak trees. There are also a few ash, sycamore, birch and the occasional sweet chestnut trees scattered through out. Many younger saplings, which are self-seeded, are growing as the understorey, made up of predominantly wych elm, hawthorn, ash and sycamore.

At ground level lots of native ferns abound along with an assortment of diverse mosses and grasses, as well as a small amount of bramble – bramble provides good cover for tree seedlings as well as woodland wildlife. At the eastern boundary, adjoining farmland, there is a mixed thorn hedge offering good bird nesting opportunities.

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.


Oak, ash, sycamore, wych elm, birch, and hawthorn.


Within a much larger woodland and part of a network of hedges and fields, Dunsthorne Copse has a rich diversity of wildlife. A number of animal trails pass through the wood and can be seen crossing the internal paths and rides and two species of deer regularly frequent the area; roe and muntjac. Bown hare is common too, along with rabbit.

A great number of woodland birds are resident, and the birdsong is incredible in spring and early summer. Cotgrave Forest is also well known for its array of invertebrate life, notably some less-common species of butterfly such as the white letter hairstreak and purple emperor.


  • Level ground and accessible
  • Mature and young broadleaved trees
  • Rich in wildlife
  • A bench in a clearing
  • Paths around the wood

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is from Laming Gap Lane, via a good stone track to the woodland ride-stop entrance. At this point, there is space to park a vehicle off the track. The wood has an old ride running centrally and there are several paths that give access around 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.


The new owner could engage with the wood in many ways; clearing back path edges to improve access, creating further clearings and glades, putting up wildlife boxes for bats and birds, establishing some areas of coppice, carrying out craft activities as well as provision of firewood for home burning.

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" 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

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.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 126
  • Grid ref: SK 649 327
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.8885, -1.03541

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)
  • Continue for 200 metres before taking a right turn onto the recently surfaced track.
  • Climb the wooden fencing to the left or right of the temporary barrier and walk along the track for 350 metres doglegging to the right around the small pond half way.
  • at the junction turn left then right after 30 metres.
  • Proceed for about 170 metres before turning left and reaching Dunsthorne copse to the right of the track.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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.

An attractive and easily managed mixed broadleaved woodland, with lots of oaks. Dunsthorne Copse is bounded by wood on three sides and part of Cotgrave Forest near the Nottinghamshire Wolds.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]