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Avenue Wood, West Lothian - Nearly 6 ½ acres, £45,000

Avenue Wood
Avenue Wood
West Lothian

An interesting and attractive conifer woodland, conveniently located in the central belt between Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Avenue Wood is in a quiet rural setting, bounded by woodland, in an area of mixed farmland. The wood is predominantly Sitka spruce with a belt of Scots pine and Beech along the quiet roadside. A hard track which changes to a green ride, providing some separation of the species and creating a pleasant avenue from which the wood takes its name. The ride curves around through the wood with a couple of glades giving open sky views.

The landscape is at first quite level but then slopes gently to the north, with a fringe of willow delineating the end of the planted spruce. This gives way to an open grassy area with a seasonally running channel in the bottom of a dip. This marshy area is home to many vital invertebrates, which in turn support a population of frogs and toads.

The fringe of beech trees was probably planted as a so-called nursery belt. This served to encourage other plantings to grow tall and straight and gave some degree of shelter from the prevailing weather. The gnarled and knobbly trunks suggest that these trees are considerably older than their stature would imply.

The wood is, not surprisingly, a haven for local wildlife. Signs of transient roe deer abound and small holes drilled through the mat of grass indicate homes for voles, weasels and stoat. A lime stained bough with a scattering of pigeon feathers beneath indicates the regular feeding ledge of a sparrow hawk.

The spruce, planted some thirty years ago, is now approaching a useful size. The woodland could easily be a sustainable source of firewood for small scale domestic use. Broadleaf planting in any spaces thus created, would lead to increased diversity generating new habitats for wildlife to colonise and add value to the woodland.

Access: Is through a wooden field gate off a minor road, then along a short track to a hard standing and turning area in the wood. Two small pathways have been cut through the trees giving a route into the heart of the wood.

Surrounding Area: it may be difficult to imagine by looking at the surrounding pastures that this part of West Lothian was once the focus of a large-scale oil shale extraction industry. From this activity around 3 million tonnes of oil shale was extracted each year for more than half a century, from 1865. One reminder of this industry remains, in the form of the piles of reddish spoil that remain dotted around the area. These “bings” are now regarded as a contributor to biodiversity because of the unique habitat they offer. The most spectacular of these "bings" can be seen from the wood and are known as the Five Sisters.

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.

Details

  • Price: £45,000 Freehold
  • Location: Whitburn, Bathgate, West Lothian
  • Size: Nearly 6 ½ acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 65
  • Grid ref: NS 964 636
  • Nearest post code: EH47 8RX

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are marked by blue painted marks on fence posts all around the wood.

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Local manager

david-alty David and Sarah Alty
07795 104 594
davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk

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Description

Avenue Wood is in a quiet rural setting, bounded by woodland, in an area of mixed farmland. The wood is predominantly Sitka spruce with a belt of Scots pine and Beech along the quiet roadside. A hard track which changes to a green ride, providing some separation of the species and creating a pleasant avenue from which the wood takes its name. The ride curves around through the wood with a couple of glades giving open sky views.

The landscape is at first quite level but then slopes gently to the north, with a fringe of willow delineating the end of the planted spruce. This gives way to an open grassy area with a seasonally running channel in the bottom of a dip. This marshy area is home to many vital invertebrates, which in turn support a population of frogs and toads.

The fringe of beech trees was probably planted as a so-called nursery belt. This served to encourage other plantings to grow tall and straight and gave some degree of shelter from the prevailing weather. The gnarled and knobbly trunks suggest that these trees are considerably older than their stature would imply.

The wood is, not surprisingly, a haven for local wildlife. Signs of transient roe deer abound and small holes drilled through the mat of grass indicate homes for voles, weasels and stoat. A lime stained bough with a scattering of pigeon feathers beneath indicates the regular feeding ledge of a sparrow hawk.

The spruce, planted some thirty years ago, is now approaching a useful size. The woodland could easily be a sustainable source of firewood for small scale domestic use. Broadleaf planting in any spaces thus created, would lead to increased diversity generating new habitats for wildlife to colonise and add value to the woodland.

Access: Is through a wooden field gate off a minor road, then along a short track to a hard standing and turning area in the wood. Two small pathways have been cut through the trees giving a route into the heart of the wood.

Surrounding Area: it may be difficult to imagine by looking at the surrounding pastures that this part of West Lothian was once the focus of a large-scale oil shale extraction industry. From this activity around 3 million tonnes of oil shale was extracted each year for more than half a century, from 1865. One reminder of this industry remains, in the form of the piles of reddish spoil that remain dotted around the area. These “bings” are now regarded as a contributor to biodiversity because of the unique habitat they offer. The most spectacular of these "bings" can be seen from the wood and are known as the Five Sisters.

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.

How to find this woodland

You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, if you can do so whilst complying with the latest government guidance. Please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.

Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 65
Grid ref: NS 964 636
Nearest post code: EH47 8RX

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Directions

Avenue Wood is located 3 miles south of Whitburn.

Satnav: the postcode EH47 8RX is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for gate on the track entrance. N55:51:16 W03:39:08

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode (Craigmarloch Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

Or use our directions:

From junction 4 of the M8 follow the signs towards Whitburn.

Turn left onto Hen's Nest Road at the Gothenburg store in the outskirts of Whitburn.

Follow Hen's Nest Road for just over a mile (note that if using GPS you will have continued past the Bickerton Crofts postcode waypoint which is marked with a big red dot on the map) until you come to a T junction.

Turn right at the T junction and you will find the "Woodlands for Sale" sign on a gate to your right.

Please park safely at the side of the road and climb over the gate, continue on foot along a short stone track turning right at the top. The entrance to the wood is clearly marked a short distance further on the left.

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are marked by blue painted marks on fence posts all around the wood.

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