SOLD: Saw Mill Plantation £33,500 Freehold


Saw Mill Plantation is a small self-contained woodland, located between Wakefield and Barnsley and is a nice manageable size ideal for family forestry and conservation projects.

Situated on level ground, the woodland floor is quite clear giving easy access beneath mature trees. Populated with a mix of beech, sycamore, larch, birch and oak as well the odd lime tree and a few sweet chestnuts, the wood is very attractive. There are a number of hazel coppice stools growing beneath the canopy forming a shrub layer adding further to the diversity. The broad mixture of species and diverse understory would suggest that this is a woodland of some age.

The flat topography gives way at the western end to a small quarry area and in the Spring, the wood is awash with a thick carpet of bluebells, dotted through with some bramble and ivy.

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.


Linking to several nearby areas of woodland, Saw Mill Plantation has many species of bird visiting the wood: many also find suitable nesting sites in the Spring, through Summer. Birds likely to be sighted include the tit family, nuthatches, treecreepers, greater spotted woodpeckers, pheasant and wood pigeon.

The nearby pond attracts mallard and geese are often seen passing over the wood, moving between local wetlands and grazing, especially in the Autumn. The surrounding patchwork of fields make ideal habitat for buzzards, which thankfully are now common in the area.


  • Mature trees
  • Accessible terrain
  • Small quarry area
  • Self-contained parcel of land
  • Easy access from the road

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is directly from a minor B-road, through a metal field gate in to the wood where there is space to park a couple of vehicles.

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 ideal for families who want more of a connection with nature, carrying out conservation projects and encouraging nature. There are good opportunities for providing a domestic firewood supply and carrying out woodland crafts.

Local area and history

The wood is just south of Newmillerdam Country Park, now owned and managed by Wakefield Council. Once called Thurstonhaugh, an old Norse name, the area became known as New Mylle on Dam when a new corn-mill was built around 1285.

The country park was once part of an estate which was owned by the Pilkington family. In the 1870's the family built nine lodges to house the gamekeepers who protected the site from poachers. Two lodges can still be seen today guarding the Dam. The Boathouse was built in the 1820's as a venue for entertaining friends and family, with the men often shooting wildfowl on the lake from punts launched from the Boathouse and ladies joining them for lunch!

A number of other country parks and estates are located close by; Woolley Hall, Anglers and Rabbit Ings - great places for recreation and wildlife as well as the world-renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is less than 10 minutes away.

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. 111
  • Grid ref: SE 334 137
  • Nearest post code: WF4 2NW
  • GPS coordinates: 53.6191, -1.49615

Location map



Just 5 miles north of Barnsley and 7 miles south of Wakefield.

  • Locate the A61 north of Barnsley.
  • Travel north for approximately 4 miles
  • then take the right turn sign on to Woolley Mill Lane and park on the left next to the access gate.
  • The wood is through the gate.

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 rare opportunity to own a small stand-alone woodland of mature broadleaved trees and a glorious carpet of bluebells in Spring.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]