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Orchil Wood - SOLD, South Aberdeenshire - Over 5 acres, £30,000

Orchil Wood - SOLD

Description: Orchil Wood is a young mixed woodland consisting mainly of spruce with highly successful natural regeneration of native broadleaves including birch, rowan and willow. The bulk of the trees have been growing since 1996 and are now reaching a good height, with enough spacing for ample sunlight to stream through to the lush ground flora below that includes heather, clover, foxglove and ferns. There is scope for further shaping of the woodland structure by selective thinning, planting with native species and continuous cover management, while a more full canopy is established over the coming years.

The ground, consisting of sandy clay soils and level terrain with a series of diagonal ditches keeping the land drained, would be suitable for the creation of a small wildlife pond, particularly in the northeast corner of the woodland. Orchil Wood is a flourishing and successful conservation and amenity woodland with short and long term hobby or family forestry appeal and further future potential.

There is a new ridestop entrance and internal hard access track that provides for private parking and occasional camping further into the middle of the wood. In recent years the owners have sympathetically extended the open area, harvesting the conifer and allowing the birch to flourish. A caravan is sited here to provide shelter and is included in the sale of the wood.

These woods will provide an ample sustainable supply of firewood for many years as future owners shape the woodland.

Access: is off the B974, through a single gate, and along a shared private hard track adjacent to the southern boundary, over which there is a full right of access for all purposes. A right of access for timber stacking purposes extends over a strip of land adjacent to the start of this shared access track.

Sporting Rights: These are owned and included with the land.

Thornton Woodlands: which Orchil Wood is part of, are situated in idyllic, historic and very peaceful rural surroundings. The trees are a diverse mixture of species and ages and have been sympathetically managed. Currently mature Scots pine, young spruce and birch are dominant, but there are significant areas of mixed broadleaves including rowan, oak and alder. Red squirrels, deer, hare with lots of small mammals and birds including woodpecker inhabit the woods. There are grants for encouraging capercaille which occupied the area until recent times.

Surrounding Area: Nearby are the tourist villages of Edzell, with its hidden "rocks of solitude" walk along the North Esk river, and Fettercairn with its working distillery. Slightly further afield are Glamis Castle and Lunan Bay beach and the fishing town of Montrose. Dundee and Aberdeen are each approximately 35 mins drive.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands.

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: £30,000 Freehold
  • Location: near Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, South Aberdeenshire
  • Size: Over 5 acres for sale

Boundaries: The boundaries of the woodland are indicated with mauve markings on trees or freestanding and fencing posts.

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OS Landranger: OS No 45
Grid ref: NO 667 708
Nearest post code: AB30 1PT



Orchil Wood lies approximately 2 miles south of Fettercairn and 3 miles west of Laurencekirk.

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The boundaries of the woodland are indicated with mauve markings on trees or freestanding and fencing posts.

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