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Linn Burn Wood - SOLD, Fife - Just over 6 acres, £45,000

Linn Burn Wood - SOLD

The woods at Balmule are predominantly deciduous and have been enhanced by an imaginative and unusual planting scheme incorporating just about all of the native deciduous trees, including extensive planting of ash and many hedgerow species. The ash could provide an enormous sustainable volume of valuable firewood to those wishing to take advantage of this resource. Although the woodland is quite open and movement on foot is easy within the tree cover, selective thinning could improve the existing vehicle access and would also greatly enhance the lower under storey and ground flora by allowing more sunlight to reach the ground, thus stimulating colonisation by other plant species. In turn the increase in diversity would be reflected by an increase in invertebrate species, providing a food source at the bottom of the feeding chain for small mammals and birds alike. The proximity to the Linn Burn to the north, is a valuable and pretty addition to the wood and is home to many invertebrates; it comes alive with dragonflys in the summer as well as being a watering point for visiting deer and birds.

By the entrance to the south-east corner, a copse of hawthorn is a colourful and vital larder in late summer to a wide number of different bird species and has evidence of several birds nests. Deeper into the wood, sits a rustic bench; a perfect place to stop and observe the business of nature at work. Unusual for many woodlands in Scotland, the ground is quite flat making the siting of a wooden shelter or shed an easy proposition.

Many deciduous tree species have a structure that provides convenient nesting opportunities while others come into their own later in the season with their fruits or berries. Various finches, tits and other small bird species will make use of shrubs and small trees, including fruit trees, choosing to nest in the fork of a branch or up against the trunk, while others will maximise the cover afforded by native hedgerow trees. Some of the best shrubs are those that produce thick, thorny cover; the thorns adding an extra level of deterrent to potential nest predators.

Further into the wood is a dense thicket of blackthorn, which provides sloes for birds and enterprising foragers alike.

Surrounding area:

Linn Burn Wood is located within 15 minutes from Dunfermline, which up until the 17th Century was the royal capital of Scotland and centrally located for Glasgow , Edinburgh and Stirling. Fife, bounded to the north by the Firth of Tay and to the south by the Firth of Forth, is a natural peninsula where political boundaries have changed little over the ages. Legend has it that the Pictish realm was divided into seven sub-kingdoms or provinces, one of which went on to become Fife.

To the north beyond the hill and woods is Commerce Park, an old WW2 supply depot for the naval bases at Rossyth, now converted mainly for use by local business and also home to Scotland's Vintage Bus Museum.

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.

  • Price: £45,000 Freehold
  • Location: Balmule, Dunfermline, Fife
  • Size: Just over 6 acres for sale


Boundaries are marked by red painted post tops, a stone wall on the roadside and by Linn Burn on the northern side.

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OS Landranger: OS No 58
Grid ref: NT 094 789
Nearest post code: KY12 0SE




Boundaries are marked by red painted post tops, a stone wall on the roadside and by Linn Burn on the northern side.

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