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Wynd Wood - SOLD, East Lothian - Over 6 ¼ acres, £55,000

Wynd Wood - SOLD

Wynd Wood forms a section of the larger Bolton Muir Wood, formerly part of a much larger estate of the Duke of Hamilton. The land has long been given over to estate woodland and has been through several cycles of planting, harvesting and sensitive management. The planting comprises of several small coups of differing species thus giving wonderful variety throughout.

In general, Wynd Wood is a delightful mixture of tree species with a wide span of age and maturity. Several large Scots pine vie in girth with scattered oaks, more youthful sycamore, ash and birch are well dispersed and a small stand of recently planted oaks are yet but saplings. Although a very well established woodland, Wynd Wood would be perfectly complimented by further diverse planting.

The topography is quite level with a gentle bank leading down to further flat areas along the boundary wall. A drainage channel flows slowly to the west and supports its own ecosystem of damp-loving plants and amphibians. The access track is excellent having been recently strengthened and a timber stacking area created for wood seasoning or awaiting collection. A pond completes the wide diversity that is Wynd Wood.

Through the centre of the wood, lying thinnings will quickly rot down to assist the mycorrhizal association with the surrounding vegetation. Naturally seeded understorey plants such as holly, hawthorn and elder are already established and time will only add to their foothold. Early emerging foxgloves and sorrel will undoubtedly be joined by a carpet of fern whose rhizomes are readily seen. During the day small flocks of birds can be seen high in the canopy, a walk down the bank will often put up a well-camouflaged woodcock. Standing deadwood is pockmarked with holes from the green woodpeckers hammering, a sound which often echoes through the trees.

Early evening brings a flurry of activity within the wood; visiting badgers arrive for their nocturnal forage. The many trails throughout the wood record the passage of resident roe deer. A rustic bench has been sited to facilitate viewing of these comings and goings.

From the southern boundary, there is a pleasant aspect over the surrounding undulating farmland with the Lammamuir hills giving a darker backdrop. Little known outside the area, the hills have several excellent walking and cycle tracks to enjoy.

A Wynd, is a small lane, several of which are in evidence in the local community of Gifford. This picturesque village is located on the Gifford Water and 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. Although the area is largely agricultural several industries were previously centred here. A sizeable textile industry producing fine linen, and a paper mill which once supplied bank notes for the Scottish banks, are the most notable.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a decent time span to fully absorb the peaceful natural ambience.

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: £55,000 Freehold
  • Location: Bolton Muir, Gifford, East Lothian
  • Size: Over 6 ¼ acres for sale


The southern boundary is marked by blue markings on a dry stane dyke, the other three boundaries by blue painted topped fence posts.

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OS Landranger: OS No 66
Grid ref: NT 509 678
Nearest post code: EH41 4JH



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The southern boundary is marked by blue markings on a dry stane dyke, the other three boundaries by blue painted topped fence posts.

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