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Fraise Wood, East Lothian - Over 5 ½ acres, £69,000

Fraise Wood
Fraise Wood
East Lothian

Within easy reach of Edinburgh, an attractive, well-spaced conifer woodland in a rural setting.

Nestling in the arms of a much larger woodland, Fraise Wood is comprised of a flourishing and diverse mix of conifers.

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.

Trees

Douglas fir with its sap filled blisters, both Sitka and Norway spruce, together with a good scattering of Scotland's national tree; the Scots pine. Small birch, willow and ash have self-seeded successfully and give variety and diversity to the understorey. A good search will reveal a couple of errant broadleaves, namely oak and perhaps surprisingly sweet chestnut.

Wildlife

Evidenced by the many trails that criss-cross the land this wood gives a home and shelter to a number of our native mammals. Roe deer is by far the largest of them with the occasional fox trotting through the way. A surprising number of hares also can be seen, making good use of the thoroughfares between the trunks. Normally associated with open grassland this beautiful creature seems very happy in the woods.

Features

For the most part, largely level, the wood slopes almost imperceptibly to the north once the footbridge has been crossed. Several open rides, created to harvest timber, have meant a welcome opening of the canopy with a resulting burst of plant life in the sunlight. Foxgloves, heal-all and orchids show there heads amongst the fronds of grassy seed heads. Patches of raspberry and bramble give the promise of a fruitful harvest when in season. A significant watercourse crosses the landscape, harvesting water from the many planting furrows. Although temporal in flow enough moisture remains to give a significant change in habitat and relevant species. This would be the ideal starting point for enlarging into a more established pond, to really encourage the widening of wildlife to the wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is along a well-made stone track suitable for most cars.. A ride stop entrance leads to a vehicle turning and timber stacking area. A cleared path winds to and fro leading to a small footbridge, installed to facilitate crossing the main water channel. Once across a rustic bench beckons a rest and a chance sit and let nature unfurl.

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

Rights and covenants

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

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.

Activities

Fraise 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 immerse yourself in Mother Nature. The mossy carpet conceals many years accumulated leaf litter which is aided in decomposition by the filaments of fungi whos fruiting bodies are a foragers delight.

Local area and history

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. The fraise or strawberry, many of which can be found within the wood, is one of the main symbols on the Gyfford coat of arms.

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 wild flowers are established along the embankments.

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: £69,000 Freehold
  • Location: Bolton Muir, Gifford, East Lothian
  • Size: Over 5 ½ acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 66
  • Grid ref: NT 505 679
  • Nearest post code: EH41 4JT

Boundaries:

The boundaries are marked by blue 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

Nestling in the arms of a much larger woodland, Fraise Wood is comprised of a flourishing and diverse mix of conifers.

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.

Trees

Douglas fir with its sap filled blisters, both Sitka and Norway spruce, together with a good scattering of Scotland's national tree; the Scots pine. Small birch, willow and ash have self-seeded successfully and give variety and diversity to the understorey. A good search will reveal a couple of errant broadleaves, namely oak and perhaps surprisingly sweet chestnut.

Wildlife

Evidenced by the many trails that criss-cross the land this wood gives a home and shelter to a number of our native mammals. Roe deer is by far the largest of them with the occasional fox trotting through the way. A surprising number of hares also can be seen, making good use of the thoroughfares between the trunks. Normally associated with open grassland this beautiful creature seems very happy in the woods.

Features

For the most part, largely level, the wood slopes almost imperceptibly to the north once the footbridge has been crossed. Several open rides, created to harvest timber, have meant a welcome opening of the canopy with a resulting burst of plant life in the sunlight. Foxgloves, heal-all and orchids show there heads amongst the fronds of grassy seed heads. Patches of raspberry and bramble give the promise of a fruitful harvest when in season. A significant watercourse crosses the landscape, harvesting water from the many planting furrows. Although temporal in flow enough moisture remains to give a significant change in habitat and relevant species. This would be the ideal starting point for enlarging into a more established pond, to really encourage the widening of wildlife to the wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is along a well-made stone track suitable for most cars.. A ride stop entrance leads to a vehicle turning and timber stacking area. A cleared path winds to and fro leading to a small footbridge, installed to facilitate crossing the main water channel. Once across a rustic bench beckons a rest and a chance sit and let nature unfurl.

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

Rights and covenants

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

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.

Activities

Fraise 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 immerse yourself in Mother Nature. The mossy carpet conceals many years accumulated leaf litter which is aided in decomposition by the filaments of fungi whos fruiting bodies are a foragers delight.

Local area and history

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. The fraise or strawberry, many of which can be found within the wood, is one of the main symbols on the Gyfford coat of arms.

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 wild flowers are established along the embankments.

How to find this woodland

You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but 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 66
Grid ref: NT 505 679
Nearest post code: EH41 4JT

Maps

Directions

  • Fraise 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 (Fraise 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 are marked by blue painted top fence posts.

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