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Capes Wood, West Lothian - About 4 ¼ acres, £29,000

Capes Wood

Capes Wood

Formerly agricultural grazing land, Capes Wood was sensitively planted with a mixture of native broadleaves and some conifers, to increase local amenity woodland. Predominantly alder, ash and birch, these well known pioneer native trees are supplemented by elm, beech and oak, dotted throughout the wood. Small stands of larch and Scots pine complement the mix of species and really add to the appeal of the wood and its future.

As the canopy rises, the understorey of hawthorn, blackthorn and rowan will fill and take their place in the woodland, to help give a well-balanced ecosystem. The autumnal cycle of falling leaves is building the vital leaf litter and the grassy woodland floor will gradually be replaced by small plants more suited to the forest. Considerate planting of woodlands flowers would be a positive benefit and accelerate this process.

Small formed holes in the grassy hummocks evidence the presence of stoats and weasels making their homes within. Their larger cousin, the badger, has yet to move in, but who knows: in time yet to come? Foxes are regularly seen ranging across the land and a small population of roe deer move from thicket to glade throughout the day.

A small drainage ditch crosses the landscape, its seasonal flow enabling the establishment of waterside flora, it also helps support the presence of frogs and other amphibians and adding tremendous appeal.

It may be difficult to imagine that this part of West Lothian was once the focus of a large-scale oil shale extraction industry, from which 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 Seven Sisters.

Capes Wood is an unusual and exciting opportunity to acquire woodland in the early stages of its life. Careful management and gentle intervention will help this wood emerge into maturity and diversity. It offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life to reconnect with nature in a woodland setting.

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

Access; is off a minor road and then along a firm stone track which is accessible by most cars.

There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, there is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.

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: £29,000 Freehold
  • Location: West Mains Crofts, West Calder, West Lothian
  • Size: About 4 ¼ acres for sale

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david-alty David Alty
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david.alty@woodlands.co.uk

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 65
Grid ref: NS 997 607
Nearest post code: EH55 8NR

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