Elvers Wood, Douglas fir and mixed broadleaves on an Ancient Woodland site 13 miles from Leominster in the Herefordshire countryside, 2.80 acres for £39,000 (freehold) [#F1342]
A beautiful woodland at the end of a private track with mature Douglas fir and other mixed broadleaves, 2 miles from Bromyard in Herefordshire.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 149
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SO 668 570
- Centre of wood: SO 667 568
Nearest postcode: HR7 4PL
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
The majestic towering Douglas fir trees are perhaps the first thing visitors will notice about this Ancient Woodland. The tranquillity is possibly the second, aided by the location of this wonderful little woodland, found along a quiet country road off the B4203 north of the market town of Bromyard. Elvers Wood is found in the southeast corner of the wider Buckenhill Wood, at the end of a recently surfaced track. There is a handy pull-in just inside the woodland boundary, perfect to park the car or pitch a tent.
Although Douglas fir are the predominant tree species here, a mixture of others can be seen growing well, notably European larch, the common ash, wild cherry, the occasional mature pedunculate oak and the odd hazel tree. The fir have been well thinned over the years and are of an age where they could be felled and sold into the commercial market, or my preference would be to leave them to grow into veteran trees - they get more impressive the bigger they get! In the years to come, if left, they will begin to drop seeds in higher numbers. Before long, the ground floor will be a sea of saplings, all waiting for an opportunity to take their place in canopy and the woodland will evolve to become multi layered and multi aged and that will be a sight to see!
One of the wonderful things about Douglas fir woodlands is despite the relative openness between the trees, the ground below is not dominated by one species of vegetation, such as bramble or bracken. In Elvers Wood, there is a myriad of wild flowers and other flora such as honeysuckle, bluebells, wood sorrel (that was in flower at the time of our visit in early spring), dog’s mercury, lords-and-ladies, a variety of mosses and fungi, along with some low growing bramble and the occasional fern.
Among the frequent visitors to the woodland are roe and muntjac deer, badgers, rabbits and hares, various songbirds and the occasional buzzard that has been seen resting in the upper canopies of the fir.
Elvers Wood is a truly wonderful woodland that is easily accessible and would ideal for a budding woodsman or a family to enjoy a bit of wild camping.
If It Were Mine
I would start by clearing some of the tree tubes in the southeast corner that were used to protect the planted ash and wild cherry. I would fell a few of the failing ash trees and replant, and either continue the cherry plantation or with alternatives such as sweet chestnut that would grow very well here I suspect.
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- Heading northeast out of Bromyard along the B4203, direction Stourport, drive up the hill for approximately 2 miles.
- Once you have driven through the hamlet of Norton, the road will level off and then go downhill.
- Shortly thereafter you will drive alongside a high sandstone wall, where the wall ends, there is a sharp turning on your left, direction Edvin Loach.
- Turn left and drive along this un-named road for a further 0.5 miles, and when the road bends sharply to the right at the bottom of the hill, the entrance to the woodland is on the left set back from the road (point A on the plan below), indicated by a Woods4Sale sign.
- Please park in front of the gate, (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Walk along the track for approximately 500 metres, at this point the track will start going uphill.
- Continue up the hill until you reach a track leading off to the left (point B), turn left and continue until you reach a turning on the right that leads up the slope (point C). This is marked with green paint on a post.
- Turn right and walk up the hill until you reach a post on the left marked with pink and white paint and a wooden Elvers Wood sign (point D), this is the start of the woodland.
- The western boundary is marked by pink paint on trees and posts.
- The northern boundary is marked with white paint on trees and posts.
- The eastern boundary is the marked by a single line of barb wire fence.
- The southern boundary is the woodland edge with a stock fence and a field immediately beyond.
The shooting rights have been reserved to a third party but have not been exercised for at least 22 years and probably unlikely to be in the future.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted at all times and for all purposes over the route ABCD on the plan below.
- There is no public right of way in the woodland.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.