SOLD: Dragonfly Wood £45,000 Freehold
- Gartocharn, Drymen, Stirlingshire
- about 4 acres
- Northern Scotland
Timber stacking area
Birch moving into spring
Moss and birch
Healthy birch regeneration
A deers bed for the night
Field and wood boundary
A place to rest
Wallowing in sunshine
Land around the woods
The Scottish thistle
The wider woodland, known as Finnery Plantation, was clear-felled and then allowed to naturally regenerate, creating a light and airy feel to the returning growth. Light coming through to the forest floor has resulted in a wonderfully rich and diversity of plants and trees, which in turn has emcouraged a vibrant tapestry of animal species to make their homes within the wood. Flourtishing rhododendron has established itself with two large clumps within Dragonfly Wood; management of this robust but protective species would allow other native plants and trees to benefit from the shelter it affords while the youngsters establish, though in spring the flowers are magnificent.
The real attraction for these woods is the absolute sound of silence apart from birdsong. Though close to Loch Lomond the woods are very private and you are unlikely to come across few others at this idyllic spot. The size of the woodland will make this attractive for someone new to woodland ownership and with a number of woods having now been sold, there will be a woodland community emerging full of enthusiasm for new projects.
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.
There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.
In Celtic cultures, the birch symbolises growth, renewal, stability, initiation, and usefulness because it is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference. Birch is a pioneer species that is the trailblazer for regenerating woodland; it grows relatively quickly and can outgrow grazing deer by sheer weight of numbers. It is also a fantastic timber for firewood as long as it is stored in a dry place relatively quickly after harvest. Birch bark extract can be used for medicinal purposes.
Dragonfly wood has been named after regular summer visitors, one of a myriad of insect species that have made the woods their home. The rich and vibrant eco system is a sure sign of a healthy forest, an island amongst a carpet of grazing farmland thumbing its nose at the concept of mono culture.
The stream running along the northern boundary could provide a good supply of water.
A good sized hard standing will facilitate timber stacking or vehicle movements.
Access, tracks and footpaths
The main internal track is well stoned and should need little in the way of maintenance.
Rights and covenants
Full sporting rights are sold with the woodland.
With the woods lying within a couple of miles of Loch Lomond, this provides a fantastic base for exploration in every season.
Subject to the required planning requirements, a hut would provide a useful bolthole to escape the vagaries of the weather.
With the numerous watering holes, the placement of a wildlife camera is sure to reward.
Local area and history
The surrounding area of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs gained much popularity with the publication of Sir Walter Scott's 1810 poem 'The Lady of the Lake'. The poem gives a roll call of Trossachs place names, the lady herself being found on Loch Katrine. Scott followed up with his 1817 historical novel Rob Roy, romanticising the outlaw cattle thief Raibert Ruadh born by Loch Katrine and buried at nearby Balquhidder.
Stirling with its beautiful castle is just a 30 minute drive away with direct links from there across to Edinburgh.
Boundaries are marked by red painted post tops.
Find this wood
This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.
- OS Landranger: OS No. 56
- Grid ref: NS 442 848
- Nearest post code: G83 8SA
- GPS coordinates: 56.0312, -4.5015
- Take the A82 north.
- Turn right onto the A811 in the direction of Drymen.
- At the village of Gartocharn turn right onto School Road.
- Turn left onto Auchincarroch Road.
- Turn left onto Finnery Road.
- The entrance will be on your left. There is a small woodlands for sale sign attached to the fence. On the other side of the driveway is the nameplate Greystonelea.
- Continue up this driveway for 500m and the woods are on your right.
- If you miss the entrance you will reach Finnery House on your left. Turn round and retrace your steps.
- Go through the pedestrian gate and follow the track until you reach the woodland .
Sat nav will get you to Finnery Road but will not get you to the entance to the woods.
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.