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Mercat Wood - SOLD, East Lothian - Just over 7 acres, £65,000

Mercat Wood - SOLD

Formerly a plantation wood, Mercat Wood has been clear-felled and then been given over for nature to take its course: as a result of this, the pioneering birch has moved in with alacrity. The slender stems with their silver white bark create an immediate and distinct impression. A second wave of birch colonisation means that it comprises both canopy and understory.

Having said this, the wood is certainly no monoculture. Numerous maturing oaks are distributed throughout the woodland and regeneration from the former planting gives a very pleasing scattering of Scots pine and spruce. Other pioneering species such as willow and rowan also contribute to the overall diversity of the wood. The large quantity of small thinned timber carpeting the woodland floor, gives ample opportunity for invaluable fungi such as chanterelles and ceps to proliferate. The many rotting tree stumps provide a haven for invertebrates, mosses and lichens.

A small area of recently planted oak is an investment in the future and the open space provided is a welcome habitat for a large variety of woodland flowers. Burdock, thistle, orchids, honeysuckle and foxglove add a splash of colour and are well visited by bees and butterflies.

The level landscape and well-spaced trees mean that access to the heart of the wood is quite straightforward. Clearing a space for an overnight stop or a base for operations would be achieved with little effort. A hard standing gives good vehicle turning and timber stacking space, should a supply of firewood be taken from the wood. Birch, with its flammable bark and bright burn, is an excellent choice of fuel for a wood-burning stove.

Mercat wood forms part of the larger Bolton Muir woods which is surrounded by agricultural land with a network of minor roads servicing numerous villages and hamlets. 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.

A Mercat cross is the Scots name for the market cross found frequently in Scottish cities, towns and villages where historically the right to hold a regular market or fair was granted by the monarch, a bishop or a baron. There is a well-preserved example in the nearby village of Pencaitland. This granted market rights to the populace but excluded any foreign import or export trade.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous amount of time to fully explore the wood throughout.

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

Access: is off the B6355 and then along the firm stone track which is accessible by most cars.

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: £65,000 Freehold
  • Location: Bolton Muir, Gifford, East Lothian
  • Size: Just over 7 acres for sale


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OS Landranger: OS No 66
Grid ref: NT 510 680
Nearest post code: EH41 4JH



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