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Preston Wood, North Yorkshire. - Just over 4 acres, £55,000

Preston Wood

Preston Wood occupies an appealing position within the greater woodland of Moreby, on a very gentle south-facing slope with views across fields from its southern boundary. A very good access track leads to a firm and stoney ride-stop area, useful for stacking timber or unloading a vehicle.

Unusually the wood is comprised of many pleasant and differing character areas. The western belt, where the ride-stop entrance to the wood is located, has a very good number of mature trees, some evergreen and some native hardwoods. Beneath these there is much productive coppiced hazel; their catkins prominent in the spring. This part of the wood flanks a ditch that carries water to Stillingfleet Beck year-round and is a great draw for wildlife both large and small.

The central part of the wood has fewer older trees and is mostly young oak and cherries, planted in protective tubes and establishing well on the well-drained ground. Throughout this area, birch has self-seeded prolifically and could be usefully thinned for garden poles or firewood. An eagle-eyed visitor may be able to spot a young redwood tree amongst the planting. This may become a fascinating feature tree as it matures and a rustic bench is situated near to its base: you can watch it grow while enjoying the tranquillity! The central section enjoys plenty of sunlight, encouraging diversity in the smaller species of plants and flowers and would be an ideal spot for a clearing for a family basecamp or the hub of woodland operations.

The eastern section of Preston Wood has a canopy of mature pines interspersed with oaks and sycamore. Again this area has a shrub layer of hazels and the odd holly. Deer tracks are noticeable crossing the woodland and there is plenty of resident birdlife too including tits, blackbirds, robins wrens, tawny owls and many more species.

Included within Preston Wood is a narrow band of woodland running north-south from the main entrance gate, between the track and the field. There are some sizeable deciduous trees here too along with coppiced hazel and other native plants.

The wood is named after the locally important Preston family, who originated in Westmorland and became Leeds merchants in the late 17th Century. John Preston (d.1710) was an alderman and mayor of Leeds in 1692. The Preston family made good marriages in the early eighteenth century. Henry Preston (1779-1837), became High Sheriff in 1834. Thomas Preston (1742-1827) became vicar of Scalby in 1773 and died childless, his estate passing then to Henry Preston's son, Thomas Henry Preston who began expanding the estates, buying 500 acres in Stillingfleet in 1827 and the manor of Kelfield in 1828. These estates descended in the Preston family until the 1940s and 1950s, only the neo-Tudor Moreby Hall and its 90 acre park remained in the family through the 20th Century until its sale in 2014.

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.

  • Price: £55,000 Freehold
  • Location: Escrick, near York, North Yorkshire.
  • Size: Just over 4 acres for sale


The boundaries of Preston Wood are marked with purple paint, on trees along the western and southern boundaries and on posts to the east and north.

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OS Landranger: OS No 36
Grid ref: SE 613 423
Nearest post code: YO19 6HT



Just 7 miles south of York and half an hour from Leeds.

Satnav: The postcode YO19 6HT is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map/s.


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The boundaries of Preston Wood are marked with purple paint, on trees along the western and southern boundaries and on posts to the east and north.

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