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Bleachfield Wood - SOLD, East Lothian - Just over 5 acres., £55,000

Bleachfield Wood - SOLD
Bleachfield Wood - SOLD
East Lothian

An open and airy mixed conifer woodland, with well spaced grassy rides,within easy reach of Edinburgh.

Bleachfield Wood is an even mix of well-spaced Douglas fir and Norway Spruce. The fir is characterised by small resin filled blisters on its bark, which quite surprisingly have flame retardant properties. Towards the east is a small group of hemlock whose self-seeded offspring appear throughout the wood. An occasional maturing oak gives a clue to the woods long-standing woodland history.

Several well used paths wind through the trees and these are positive indicators of the itinerant presence of roe deer and badgers. Although these creatures are often seen, startled and running from our presence, a prefered method of sighting is to sit and wait. As they are mostly active at dawn and dusk, an overnight stopover should prove a rewarding experience. Diurnally a large variety of tits and finches can be seen foraging through the canopy. A distant hammering sound is a sure sign of a woodpecker boring for invertebrates.

The wood is largely flat throughout and is pleasant to walk through due to the well-spaced trees and the carpet of moss covering the ground. Several grassy rides cross the landscape in conjunction with drainage channels. These light-filled areas have allowed willow and birch seedlings to become established. These species are starting to provide a welcome understorey together with patches of bramble and furze. Although standing water is temporal its is enough to support damp loving plants and is a welcome breeding ground for frogs, toads and newts.

Access to the wood is along a well-made stone track. A ride stop leads to a hardened vehicle turning and timber stacking area.

Bleachfield Wood is an ideal place to get involved in a woodland of your very own. Whether your interest is in conservation, nature watching or maybe a sustainable source of firewood, this is an ideal location. An overnight camping stopover would be an excellent opportunity to spend time under the stars and immersing yourself in mother nature.

The picturesque village of Gifford is nearby and sits astride the Gifford Water. It dates from the 17th century and was built to replace the village of Bothans, which housed agricultural workers from the estate. This was demolished to make way for a walled park around Yester House. Despite its agricultural tradition, the village housed industry as well. A thriving linen industry harnessed the energy from the river to manufacture fine textiles. Once processed the cloth was stretched out to dry on tenter hooks in so-called bleachfields, from which the wood takes its name. The sight of meters and meters of cloth adorning the local fields must have been quite something to behold.

To the south lie the Lammamuir hills which contain several excellent walking and cycling trails. The Pencaitland Railway Walk which starts in Gifford offers wonderful views of parts of East Lothian that are inaccessible by car. The trees and hedgerows along the route offer shelter to a great diversity of wildlife and many rare wildflowers are established along the embankments.

Sporting rights: these are owned and included with the land.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous time to fully absorb the wonderful natural ambience that this wood has to offer.

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: £55,000 Freehold
  • Location: Bolton Muir, Gifford, East Lothian
  • Size: Just over 5 acres. for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 66
  • Grid ref: NT 505 678
  • Nearest post code: EH41 4JT

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are marked by red painted top fence posts.

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Local manager

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

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Description

Bleachfield Wood is an even mix of well-spaced Douglas fir and Norway Spruce. The fir is characterised by small resin filled blisters on its bark, which quite surprisingly have flame retardant properties. Towards the east is a small group of hemlock whose self-seeded offspring appear throughout the wood. An occasional maturing oak gives a clue to the woods long-standing woodland history.

Several well used paths wind through the trees and these are positive indicators of the itinerant presence of roe deer and badgers. Although these creatures are often seen, startled and running from our presence, a prefered method of sighting is to sit and wait. As they are mostly active at dawn and dusk, an overnight stopover should prove a rewarding experience. Diurnally a large variety of tits and finches can be seen foraging through the canopy. A distant hammering sound is a sure sign of a woodpecker boring for invertebrates.

The wood is largely flat throughout and is pleasant to walk through due to the well-spaced trees and the carpet of moss covering the ground. Several grassy rides cross the landscape in conjunction with drainage channels. These light-filled areas have allowed willow and birch seedlings to become established. These species are starting to provide a welcome understorey together with patches of bramble and furze. Although standing water is temporal its is enough to support damp loving plants and is a welcome breeding ground for frogs, toads and newts.

Access to the wood is along a well-made stone track. A ride stop leads to a hardened vehicle turning and timber stacking area.

Bleachfield Wood is an ideal place to get involved in a woodland of your very own. Whether your interest is in conservation, nature watching or maybe a sustainable source of firewood, this is an ideal location. An overnight camping stopover would be an excellent opportunity to spend time under the stars and immersing yourself in mother nature.

The picturesque village of Gifford is nearby and sits astride the Gifford Water. It dates from the 17th century and was built to replace the village of Bothans, which housed agricultural workers from the estate. This was demolished to make way for a walled park around Yester House. Despite its agricultural tradition, the village housed industry as well. A thriving linen industry harnessed the energy from the river to manufacture fine textiles. Once processed the cloth was stretched out to dry on tenter hooks in so-called bleachfields, from which the wood takes its name. The sight of meters and meters of cloth adorning the local fields must have been quite something to behold.

To the south lie the Lammamuir hills which contain several excellent walking and cycling trails. The Pencaitland Railway Walk which starts in Gifford offers wonderful views of parts of East Lothian that are inaccessible by car. The trees and hedgerows along the route offer shelter to a great diversity of wildlife and many rare wildflowers are established along the embankments.

Sporting rights: these are owned and included with the land.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous time to fully absorb the wonderful natural ambience that this wood has to offer.

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.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 66
Grid ref: NT 505 678
Nearest post code: EH41 4JT

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Directions

Directions

  • Bleachfield Wood is about 25 miles east of Edinburgh and about 35 miles west of Berwick on Tweed.

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

For Satnav; the postcode EH41 6JT is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are:N55:54:17 and W2:47:09

Or use our directions:

From Edinburgh and the west;

  • From the city bypass (A720) take the A68 towards Jedburgh.
  • Pass Dalkeith and turn left at the war memorial taking the A6093 towards Haddington.
  • Go through the village of Pencaitland and turn right at the crossroads signposted Gifford B6355
  • Continue through East Saltoun for about 1.7 miles, Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the right.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the right.
  • Park safely in the entrance way and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • At the first junction keep straight on and continue for about 500m,at the next junction turn right, the entrance to the wood is via a well marked ridestop on the right.

From Berwick on Tweed and the east;

  • From the A1 take the A6105 signposted Duns and Chirnside.
  • Pass through Chirnside and fork right onto the B6355 towards Cranshaws.
  • Pass Whiteadder resevoir, through Gifford and continue on the B6355 towards Pencaitland.
  • After about 2 miles the main entrance to Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the left.
  • Park safely in the entrance way and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • At the first junction keep straight on and continue for about 500m, at the next junction turn right, the entrance to the wood is via a well marked ridestop on the right.

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are marked by red painted top fence posts.

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