SOLD: Hope Wood £79,000 Freehold


Hope Wood is a level and accessible wood with mixed native broadleaved trees, lots of coppiced hazel, along with birch and sycamore, the odd larch and large oak trees. All of which contribute to a varied age structure. Quite a number of coppiced hazel stools make up much of the understorey, with about 10 years worth of growth. The wood feels quite private.

Some ash trees are present and showing signs of decline from ash die back which is now widespread throughout Yorkshire. These would make good standing deadwood habitat to support the resident wildlife or be an ideal source of home firewood. Seasoned ash logs burn cleanly, with little smoke, few sparks and a great heat output. It’s also some of the best kindling for getting a fire started.

A short walk from the ride-stop entrance, beneath a large oak, a rustic bench is situated with views deeper into the wood. A great spot to rest for a while and listen to birdsong.

Other shrubs you may find, includes wild rose, hawthorn and viburnum opulus, (or guelder rose) with beautiful blossom in spring and bright red berries in autumn. At ground level there is a mix of wildflowers, buzzing with bees along the paths and ride, with lots of blackberry and ferns within the wood. Path routes have been strimmed to create easy access over fairly level ground.

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, beech, ash, aspen, birch and larch with coppiced hazel and willow.


Being a native broadleaved woodland, and part of a much larger forest, Hope Wood is a haven for wildlife. There are plenty of nesting sites, food and cover for woodland birds such as blackbird, wrens, blue tit, long-tailed tits, greater spotted woodpeckers and you may well even see red kites swooping low over the canopy. They have naturalised into the local area since the successful reintroduction programme at nearby Harewood House.

Mammals are also present in the forest such as brown hare and roe deer and in the summertime bees and butterflies are abundant.


  • Mature trees, including some lovely oaks and coppiced hazel.
  • A rustic bench beneath a large oak tree
  • Level ground.
  • Great for wildlife.
  • Potential source of home firewood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The wood is accessed from Thorner Lane. Beyond the locked gate, there is a wide track that leads to the ride-stop entrance to the wood and there’s space to park a car. On entering the wood itself, a network of strimmed paths, connect and wind through the trees.

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 wood is well suited to family forestry and conservation projects, ideal for occasional campers, craft workers and naturalists alike.

Local area and history

West Park Plantation, of which the wood is part, sits on a high ridge of limestone, just to the north of Bramham Park and Hope Hall.

Bramham is a product of a grand tour; its creator Robert Benson, later Lord Bingley, completed his formal education with a grand tour in 1697, and whilst in Italy he began to envisage his new mansion in the Palladian manner complemented in a landscaped park, in the fashion made popular by Le Nôtre in France in the late 17th century.

The house and park is still privately owned by the family with Nick Fox-Lane the current custodian, the estate is best known for hosting Leeds Festival and Bramham Horse Trials. The wood, until recently, was part of the estate.

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. 105
  • Grid ref: SE 403 429
  • Nearest post code: LS23 6LX
  • GPS coordinates: 53.8814, -1.38758

Location map


Just 11 miles from Leeds, 15 miles from Harrogate and 20 miles from York.

The wood is located west of the A1(M) between junctions 44 and 45.

  • Travel parallel with the A1(M) south from junction 45 and north from junction 44 signed to Bramham and turn west on to Thorner Road sign posted for Whetherby, Boston Spa and Thorner.
  • After just less than a mile at the sharp left bend keep right on to Thorner Lane.
  • The woodland entrance is on the right after a third of a mile.
  • Park off the road here keeping both the gate and the field entrance clear.
  • Hope Wood is located 120 metres on the left up the woodland 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.

A peaceful broadleaved woodland with an attractive mix of tree species, ideal for conservation or craft projects.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]