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Frith Meadow £475,000 Freehold

Description

The word 'Frith' is Saxon for a wooded enclosure, which couldn’t better describe the land at Frith Meadow; about 24 acres of wildflower meadow surrounded by ancient woodland in the heart of Gloucestershire. Ideally located between Stroud and Gloucester within the Cotswolds AONB, Frith Meadow presents a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial parcel of private land with outstanding biodiversity. It would be of significant appeal to those with conservation and environmental interests.

Frith Meadow hums with life - a blaze of colour from the abundant wildflowers, the buzz of crickets or grasshoppers to the butterflies dancing in the light breeze among delicate petals – there are sounds, colours and smells which delight the senses. The land has an agricultural history having been farmed for arable crops before being reverted to grassland which has been grazed by cattle in recent years. The arable reversion has encouraged the proliferation of species on the meadow, making it now a haven of wildflowers, bees, butterflies and other insects in the summer months. A wide array of orchids, including bee orchids, can be found on Frith Meadow along with a host of other flowers including Cuckoo Flower, Cowslips, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Dog Rose, Red Clover, Buttercups, Selfheal and Oxeye Daisies to name but a few. This array of colour, and accompanying insect activity, make Frith Meadow a magical place to spend time, reflect and absorb the beauty of the environment.

The meadow has an extremely private feel due to being bordered on three sides by The Frith Wood, meaning mature beech trees line the boundaries of the meadow offering both a screen and a wonderful backdrop to the meadowland. The Frith Wood is part of a larger site of geological importance known as ‘Bulls Cross, The Frith & Juniper Hill’ which lies on the Jurassic Limestone of the western Cotswolds and is classified as a SSSI. Frith Meadow itself is not classified as a SSSI. The fourth boundary, to the south, is formed by a stock proof fence which demarcates the boundary with a neighbouring field in which livestock are grazed.

With regard to tree planting, due to the diversity of the grassland, a new owner may wish to consider leaving plenty of glades for the wildflowers. A more parkland style approach might be best suited to this parcel of land, with generous spacing between trees leaving plenty of light and space for the grassland and its wildflowers to continue to seed and develop. Frith Meadow could be enhanced with the planting of a number of broadleaved species, or Juniper Trees (which are native to the area), but this might be done in a way that is sympathetic to the habitats already present. The land is ripe with potential for a truly magical scheme.

The land enjoys two routes of access, one to the north from Slad Road (B4070) in the form of a vehicular access track which runs through the neighbouring woodland, and one to the south across the neighbouring field from the top of Folly Lane. When entering through the field gate in the north east corner, one enters the northern section of the meadow - an enclave of tranquillity. The meadow is at its narrowest at this point, with mature trees on all sides. The land then stretches out in a southerly direction, broadening as it goes, until you arrive in an expansive section of meadow which almost dog-legs to the right out towards the west. Towards the western edge, the land drops away before you offering spectacular views out across Painswick Valley. The view from this section of the meadow is really quite special. There is a permissive footpath which arcs around a section of the western boundary from Frith Wood to neighbouring land.

Frith Meadow presents a rare opportunity to secure a substantial parcel of diversified grassland in an enviable location. Sitting atop of the hill between the Slad and Painswick Valleys in Gloucestershire, this wildflower meadow enjoys impressive views and is a haven for wildlife, and could be augmented further with a sympathetic planting scheme.

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

Features

- A rare wilflower meadow with a rich diversity of species

- Stunning views across Painswick Valley

- Surrounded by ancient woodland

- Superb location with excellent access

- Appropriate for parkland type tree planting

Access, tracks and footpaths

Frith Meadow comes with Freehold Title.

The meadow has two points of access; one up the track which runs though The Frith Wood from Slad Road, and a second across the neigbouring field to the south with a gate at the top of Folly Lane.

There is permissive path which runs across the western boundary of Frith Meadow.

Local area and history

Nearby Painswick originally developed out of the wool trade, it’s narrow streets filled with weaver’s workshops and the buildings are constructed primarily from traditional Cotswold stone. It also contains the oldest known building in Great Britain to contain a Post Office being built in 1478. The Frith Wood Nature Reserve which surrounds Frith Meadow straddles the hill between Painswick and Slad Valley. The ancient woodland is now managed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. It forms part of a larger SSSI, known as ‘Bulls Cross, The Frith & Juniper Hill’ which lies on the Jurassic Limestone of the western Cotswolds and is a diverse area of ancient beech woodland, unimproved grassland, scrub and disused quarries.

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Boundaries

North - The Frith Wood (SSSI Ancient Woodland)

East - The Frith Wood (SSSI Ancient Woodland)

South - Stock Proof Fencing (pasture land beyond)

West - The Frith Wood (SSSI Ancient Woodland)

Find this wood

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 162
  • Grid ref: SO 871 082
  • Nearest post code: GL6 7QF
  • GPS coordinates: 51.774, -2.18483

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Directions

Frith Meadow is accessed via a stoned track from Slad Road (B4070) near the town of Painswick, in Gloucestershire. Gloucester is around a 25 minute drive to the north, with Stroud just 10 minutes by car to the south.

Click here for Bing Maps directions, enter your own postcode, (the location coordinates are already entered), and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the car park next to Bulls Cross Common, where you can park. Thereafter please cross the road (Slad Road) and turn left, to find the locked gate at the beginning of the access track, which is here. Follow the stoned track up through the woods straight ahead of your for circa 450m and the entrance gate with the sign will be on your right hand side. Please carefully climb the gate to view the meadow.

Satnav: the postcode GL6 7QF is the nearest to meadow, but please note that this is just before the beginning of the access track on Slad Road.

Coordinates for satnav are: N51.7758, W-2.1802 for the gate at the start of the access track.

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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.

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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 stunning Gloucestershire wildflower meadow. This remarkable parcel of species-rich grassland is a rare gem, which could be augmented with a parkland type planting scheme sympathetic to the established biodiversity on the land.

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