Coton Wood, Coton-in-the-Elms, South Derbyshire. An award-winning woodland in a beautiful rural location. 1.74 acres for £29,000 (freehold) [#A2181]
Well established pine and broadleaves with privacy and good access.
Coton Wood is part of a larger mixed-species woodland planted in 1997 under the National Forest Tender Scheme. It was a worthy winner of the Silva Award in 2019 and also scooped the National Forest Woodland of the Year in 2021.
The wood lies on level ground near the end of a gated track in a quiet rural location. The rural surroundings and unspoilt villages speak of times past, yet Birmingham city centre is under an hour by car.
The wood was planted with a broad mix of species - a welcome feature in a changing climate. It has been studiously maintained since and is a model of farm woodland creation.
The principal conifer is Corsican pine planted in random mosaic with patches of broadleaves. The broadleaf element includes oak, cherry, field maple, small-leafed lime, willow, aspen and walnut. Shrubs are also well-represented with hawthorn, hazel, dog rose and crab apple. There are also some small groups of ash which (like everywhere else) are now sadly diseased.
Thanks to the innate fertility of the site the trees have grown vigorously and are now ready to thin in line with a felling licence which is valid until September 2025. The Corsican pine is generally of good form and holds the promise of milling wood in the future.
The broad grassy rides offer excellent prospects for quiet recreation, but you will need to share this with the local wildlife that is increasingly finding refuge here. Birdsong is almost ever present, and the mew of buzzards is often heard overhead, while muntjac and roe deer graze in the glades below.
Access is via a newly built stone track which leads from the adjacent public road to a private parking spur on the west side of the wood.
With recreation, conservation and silvicultural credentials, Coton Wood has broad appeal.
If It Were Mine
My first job would be to remove the remaining tree tubes. I would then fell the diseased ash stems perhaps populating the resultant gaps with some fruiting shrubs for the birds. I would also want to thin the pine which are now at production phase. All resultant logs gratefully accepted into my log store. If time allowed I might try my hand at producing a little mill wood too.
Leisure would also of course feature – campfires, BBQs and nights under the stars are all in prospect.
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
- From J11 of the M42 head north on the A444 for 2.1 miles, then fork left onto Gorsey Lane (signed for Netherseal and Lullington).
- After 0.7 mile turn right onto Gunby Hill then first left onto Grangewood Road.
- Continue for 0.7 mile to its end, then turn left at the T junction.
- Continue west for 1.0 mile until you see a Woods4Sale sign by a metal field gate on your right (point A on the plan).
- Please park clear of all gateways and enter the woodland via the pedestrian entrance to the left of the field gate.
- Walk up the track for 350 metres then turn left where you see a Red Rock Forestry sign (B).
- Continue for 185 metres then follow the track round to the right, then take the first left at C (by a second Red Rock Forestry sign).
- After 100 metres you will see a ride off to your right marked with blue-topped posts (D).
- Coton Wood is on your right after this point.
- The west boundary (DE) is the west side of the track.
- The north boundary (EF) is marked by red-topped posts.
- The east boundary (FG) is a stock fence.
- The south boundary (DG) is marked by blue-topped on the north side of a ride.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are excluded from the sale.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of access for all purposes at all times over the stone track ABCD.
- A right of access is reserved to others over the route DE.
- A maintenance clause covers all shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no known public rights of way within the wood.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
An overage (clawback) agreement exists until 2047 whereby 25% of the increase in the value of the land attributable to securing certain types of planning permission is payable to a previous owner.
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 have funds in place 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
- Please confirm how you will be funding the purchase and that you have cleared funds available
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.