SOLD: Maid Wood £89,000 Freehold

  • Cotgrave, near Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • just under 4 ½ acres.
  • Northern England


Surrounded by woodland, nestled near the edge of Cotgrave Forest, Maid Wood is comprised of a mixture of broadleaved and softwood trees. Although the wood is generally easy to traverse, a strong sense of privacy is created by the evergreen western hemlock and cedar trees; the belts of conifers being separated by light and airy strips of tall oak trees. The original planting is now quite mature, the oldest trees are around 80 years old, well grown and a good height – drawn towards the light. Originally the wood was all planted as a crop, for felling and now the oaks are a lovely feature which could be enhanced by some gentle, selective management of the softwoods.

Beneath the oak, shrubs and seedling trees such as ash, hawthorn, sycamore, birch, as well as succession young oaks, are developing. The varied growth offers great nesting and roosting habitat as well as excellent foraging for wildlife.

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.


Planted oak trees with natural regeneration and bands of western hemlock and cedar.


The seclusion and dry conditions offered by the dense bands of softwood trees provides favourable conditions for deer to lay up and the evidence of the scraped ground they clear to make their beds is common, often with deer hair and footprints in.

The conifers are also ideal roosting sites for tawny owls, which are regularly heard calling, especially around dusk. Woodcock frequent the area, together with many other woodland bird species.


  • Secluded oak woodland with bands of conifers.
  • Ride-stop entrance with space to turn.
  • A bench in a clearing.
  • Surrounded by more woodland so part of a great wildlife network.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Maid Wood is from Laming Gap Lane, via a solid stone track leading to the ride-stop entrance, where there is space to park. A green and grassy ride gives access along the western boundary, within the wood there is easy foot access throughout.

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.


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" 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.

The forests and countryside around Nottingham are famous for the legendary tales of Robin Hood, who, it is told, along with his true-love, Maid Marion, and his band of merry men, dwelled amongst the trees as outlaws. In some stories, Marion is a noblewoman, possibly even the ward of King John being forced into marriage with the sheriff of Nottingham. In other tales, she is the childhood sweetheart of Robin and a cracking archer.

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 648 326
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.887, -1.03702

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.
  • Maid Wood is located 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.

Surrounded on all sides with flourishing woodland, Maid Wood is a delightful and manageable mature woodland, with bands of cedar, hemlock and oak trees.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]