SOLD: Graf Wood £69,000 Freehold


Graf Wood is made up of well-spaced Scots pine and Corsican pine; the distinction between the two being that Scots pine have much redder trunks of the two. Many of the trunks are wreathed with ivy, reaching far up into the canopy and busy with small birds either looking for protective roosts or errant insects.

Many elder bushes grow at shrub layer, mixed with hawthorn while ferns are dotted across the woodland floor. Both of these berry producing bushes provide good food for birds in late summer and autumn. In places, oak, ash, and field maple have self-seeded and will establish as gaps in the canopy open up. The hedge boundary along the south western side of the wood is quite dense with a mix of hawthorn and blackthorn and there are patches of nettle, blackberry and bracken – all great wildlife habitat.

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.


Corsican and Scots pine with ash, oak, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn and elder.


On a sunny spring day, the warbling song of skylarks can be heard as they ascend over their territories on the adjacent farmland.

Within the wood, blackbirds and woodpigeons call with their respective songs and cooing, their nests are amid the thorny hedgerows and evergreen ivy. Wrens and blue tits are also often seen as well as the odd strutting pheasant.

The grassy ride on the eastern side of the wood gives long clear views for glimpsing passing deer. Both roe deer and muntjac, as well as foxes and badgers, all pass through the wood and well-trodden trails indicate their favoured routes.


There is a bench located in a pleasant spot, not far from the ride-stop, at the edge of a clearing beneath the trees. There is a patchwork of other clearings too.

A mature hedgerow forms the south western boundary.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Vehicle access is from Laming Gap Lane by way of a shared, stone-surfaced access track with parking available at the ride-stop entrance to the wood. A grass ride gives access from the ride-stop along the eastern side of the wood and the woodland floor is clear enough to get around most areas unhindered.

Rights and covenants

Our standard covenant will apply.

The sporting rights are included with the sale.

There are no public Rights of Way within the wood.


A peaceful and secluded wood where the new owner could spend their days surrounded by nature or making the most of quality time with family and friends around the campfire. The new owner could carry out conservation projects, such as putting up bird and bat boxes or carrying out thinning and new tree-planting to add to the diversity of the wood.

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

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. 129
  • Grid ref: SK 639 327
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.888, -1.05092

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 lefthand downhill turn.
  • Continue for 250 metres Taking the first left turn
  • Proceed for 300 metres and then turn left. Graf Wood is located to the right.

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.

A light and airy mixed pine woodland with a prolific under-storey of self-seeded broadleaved trees.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]