SOLD: Railway Wood £65,000 Freehold


Railway Wood lies a ballast-stone's throw from the Lisburn to Moira section of the main Dublin-Belfast railway, which was the second railway project to be started in the whole of Ireland. Nearby, Moira has the oldest station building on the NIR network, having opened in 1841. Another railway line, the currently moribund Lisburn - Antrim line, lies ¾ of a mile to the north-east. When approaching from the north or the south, you will pass under fine Victorian brick-arched railway bridges. By contrast, 21st century technological innovation has recently been making inroads in the area, with the construction of a number of solar farms, although none are visible from Railway Wood.

As the young trees are at an ideal age for thinning, the owners of Railway Wood, if they so wish, will have access to a lifetime's supply of high quality ash firewood. In so doing, the wood will start to take on a varied character, with diverse tree ages and light levels which will make it suited to an even greater variety of wildlife and native plant species; additionally, new tree species could be introduced.

Following the newly constructed track, you approach Railway Wood through a stand of ash trees and across a grass meadow, passing an old field gate and turning left to arrive at the ride stop to what could be your own private woodland. To your right, lies an open meadow of about ¾ of an acre, which forms part of Railway Wood; currently fallow, it could be put to a number or uses and is a great asset. As the track enters the wood, you pass a useful wood stacking area and some rowan trees, then you reach the dedicated parking area in a grove of birch trees which have been pruned to show off their attractive bark.

Railway Wood's main tree species is ash, with small groups of oak, Scots pine and birch, and the occasional rowan and hazel. The ash lends an airy, open feel to the wood. Ash is a light demanding species, so the trees naturally self prune as the lower branches die when they are shaded out by the canopy above. It would be easy to make informal paths through the area merely by removing some of these lower branches. Indeed, if this pruning were extended to the oaks and pines, in time knot-free timber suitable for milling into planks could be produced. The pruning would have the added benefit of opening up these denser areas which have a greater number of large lower branches than the ash trees.

The wood is also at a perfect stage for thinning, and a large volume of extremely useful firewood could be easily produced by removing the occasional row of trees, with the added benefit of improving access for a quad or small tractor. A more selective thinning could also be carried out, by removing some rows and then felling individual trees of poorer growth, thereby leaving more space for the better trees to develop.

Recently, ash dieback, commonly known as Chalara, has been found at Railway Wood. Grants are available from the Forest Service to mitigate against its impact through increasing the diversity within the woodland. This could be by felling small groups of ash trees and planting other more shade tolerant species, such as oak, beech or sycamore, in the gaps. By so doing, owners will be improving the species and age diversity of the wood, thereby improving its amenity value, increasing the range of wildlife habitats and making it more resilient.

There is ample scope for the kids to build dens and generally have the freedom to roam that older generations took for granted, and for the adults to build their own constructions: a tool and firewood store, or a cabin for occasional overnight stays could comply with permitted development legislation for forestry / agriculture.

Being so accessible from the M1, Railway Wood represents a real haven of tranquility for those with busy lives and a yen to go back to nature.

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.

Wood maps

Wood map


The northern boundary adjoins a stoned lane and is indicated by blue markings on free-standing posts. The south-western boundary consists of a fence and ditch with blue markings on the nearest trees . The southern boundary is a line of trees and a fence. The eastern boundary is set 5 metres back from the hedge and fence, there are blue markings on trees to indicate this.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 20
  • Nearest post code: BT28 2TJ
  • GPS coordinates: 54.5046, -6.12187

Location map


Railway Wood lies three miles west of Lisburn.

1.Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the entrance on Dagger Road are already entered).

2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is BT28 2TJ on Dagger Road, as shown by the red dot on the maps: the coordinates are: N54.506648 W6.1194475 for the entranceway.

Travelling from Belfast and Lisburn, take the A3 Moira Road from Lisburn. In the village of Maze, turn right at the crossroads onto Dagger Road.

Travelling from the west, exit the M1 at Junction 9, take the A3 towards Lisburn, and turn left at the crossroads in the village of Maze onto Dagger Road.

After half a mile you will find the entrance on the left via a timber gate. Follow the stoned track for 150m then fork left to reach Railway Wood.

Travelling from the north, take the A26 past Belfast International Airport until you reach Upper Ballinderry. Turn left onto the B104 Ballinderry Road. After about 4 milest turn right onto Cross Lane opposite Magheragall Church. After half a mile fork right onto Dagger Road, and the entrance is half a mile further on on your right via a timber gate. Follow the stoned track for 150m then fork left to reach Railway Wood.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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.

Railway Wood is a peaceful haven less than half an hour's drive away from the hustle and bustle of central Belfast. A young broadleaved woodland, it takes its name from its proximity to two railway lines, one to the north and one to the south.

Managed by Andrew Clark

Telephone: 07977 499714

Email: [email protected]