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Nolt Wood, East Lothian - Nearly 4 acres, £39,000

Nolt Wood

Nolt Wood is a level and open mixed conifer woodland, criss-crossed by good drainage channels that result in a remarkably diverse and attractive habitat. A balanced mix of Norway and Sitka spruce to the south is complimented by a stand of Scots pine to the north. The trees have been sensitively and well thinned over time, giving a very pleasant and more open feel than most conifer woodlands. Bringing vital light through the canopy has enabled a variety of ferns and grasses to supplement the previous mossy leaf litter. Willow, birch and ash have also moved in unbidden, adding further diversity.

To the front of the wood, a clear-felled area has been planted with birch and oak. These young trees are well established and together with further self-seeded birch will soon develop into a substantial deciduous area. Foxgloves, thistle and honeysuckle rise above the grasses and are a valuable food source for a variety of butterflies and bees.

A good hard standing area facilitates the future management and enjoyment of the wood. There is ample room for timber stacking and drying should this potential firewood source be exploited and a rustic bench encourages sitting and relaxing and observing the day to day activities in the natural life of the wood.

The good size of Nolt wood provides an excellent opportunity to engage with woodland first hand: to undertake some management, if wished, to further promote habitat diversity and conservation or simply to quietly relax, maybe camp over, and to see the night stars through the canopy.

The wood is close by the picturesque village of Gifford which dates from the 17th century. It was built to replace the village of Bothans, which was demolished to make way for a walled park around Yester House, and housed agricultural workers from the estate.

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.

The immediately surrounding landscape is mainly agricultural with fields set to crops or populated with various stock. A Nolt is an archaic term for any type of the cattle which were a mainstay of the local farming economy.

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: £39,000 Freehold
  • Location: Bolton Muir, Gifford, East Lothian
  • Size: Nearly 4 acres for sale


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OS Landranger: OS No 66
Grid ref: NT 510 679
Nearest post code: EH41 4JH



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