SOLD: Merrymen Wood £85,000 Freehold


Surrounded by woodland on three sides and farmland on the fourth, situated as it is within Cotgrave Forest, Merrymen Wood is planted with a mixture of oak and softwood trees. Alternating belts of western hemlock and cedar were probably planted as a shelter crop for the wider bands of oak, of around 30-40 m wide. The original planting is now splendid in its maturity, the oldest trees being around 80 years, well grown and a good height – drawn towards the light.

Amongst the oak lots of light prevails allowing plenty of smaller poles and seedling trees such as sycamore, birch as well as younger oak, to come forth in succession. A tangle of fragrant honeysuckle competes to reach the canopy – providing great nesting sites for woodland birds.

In contrast, the deeper shade of the hemlock and cedar creates a clearer woodland floor, with a few coppiced species amongst them. It is therefore easy to move around on foot beneath these trees and the evergreen cover helps to provide shelter and convenient privacy screening from the access track.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant


Planted oak trees with natural regeneration with attractive 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 you can often see the evidence of the scraped ground they clear to make their beds, 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 vehicle or stack timber
  • A bench in a clearing
  • Surrounded by more woodland so part of a great wildlife network

Access, tracks and footpaths

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


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 already wide 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.

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 649 324
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.886, -1.03691

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 gate and walk along the track for 350 metres doglegging to the right around the small pond half way.
  • at the junction turn right and Merrymen Wood is on the left after a further 75 metres.

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 manageable mature woodland with excellent access, planted with oaks, cedar and softwood trees.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]