Fowlers Hill Wood, near Garstang, Lancashire. 7.98 acres comprising 6.1 acres of mixed woodland and 1.88 acres of paddock, with roadside frontage for £85,000 (freehold) [#F1837]
A well-established mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland and adjoining sheltered paddock featuring several ponds and an adventure assault course! A unique package offering huge potential including commercial planning permission.
Woodland: 6.1 acres
Paddock: 1.88 acres
PR3 1WL (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 102
- Roadside gate: SD 488 478
- Centre of wood: SD 487 476
Despite its name, Fowlers Hill Wood occupies a level lowland site. It sits adjacent to the A6 in an edge-of-village location with pleasant open views over surrounding farmland. It is conveniently located, being close to the M6 motorway and only 30 minutes by car from the coastal resort of Blackpool.
A superb feature of this property is the level and free-draining paddock adjoining the woodland to the northwest. The paddock is fenced, and although not actively managed for a while, offers excellent opportunities for grazing or horticultural purposes. Vehicular access to the paddock can be enjoyed via a neighbouring field. The bridleway that runs along the eastern edge of the woodland is, historically, part of the ancient 23 mile long roman road that connects Walton le Dale in Preston with Lancaster.
The woodland is dominated by a mosaic of Scots pine, silver birch and sycamore with occasional ash, elder and beech. The eastern fringe also supports some notable poplar stems of considerable size. The forest floor is level and clean, offering easy access on foot to all areas.
Planning permission for change of use from woodland and agricultural land to “Outdoor Activity Centre” was granted in 2015, development began shortly after with the construction of the assault course and fencing however nothing further was done. This could be an excellent opportunity for a new owner to continue the development and create a commercial enterprise or there is a possibility of amending the planning permission to some other commercial activity or other land use type.
Alternatively, the road frontage and dry level site offer the prospect of easy timber management and harvesting. The wood is in production phase and future thinning cycles could produce both commercial volumes of pine and valuable firewood for this burgeoning market.
There is also the immediate amenity value present. Moving west across the clean woodland floor, traffic noise is muffled by the intervening trees and the west side of the wood presents a quiet rural aspect enhanced by an attractive clean-water pond in the northwest corner.
All in all, this land offers a wide range of possibilities, whether your interest is in environmental protection, small scale woodland management, amenity enjoyment for the family or a place to set up a commercial venture.
If It Were Mine
I would establish an access track into the field and possibly round to the location of the assault course in anticipation of some lovely family camping trips, letting the children run free and have great adventures. The assault course has not been used in the last few years so would benefit from a little TLC.
The woodland itself would benefit from a light thin that could produce a modest income or a large amount of firewood.
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.
Directions & Access
- From Garstang and Cabus (a village at its northern end) head north on the A6.
- As you leave Cabus, Fowlers Hill Wood is clearly visible 200 metres ahead, immediately adjacent to the A6 on the left side.
- Pull in and park in the old A6 lay-by.
- The north entrance to the wood is 50 metres down Fowler Hill Lane on the left hand side via an unlocked pedestrian gate (point A), a few more metres past this is a metal gate (point B) that leads through to a second gate (point C).
- The north boundary is the hedge and fence adjacent to Fowler Hill Lane.
- The west boundary is the field edge fence.
- The south boundary is the field edge fence.
- The east boundary is the hedge adjacent to the A6, and the old A6 lay-by.
- The paddock boundaries are marked by an agricultural fence.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let
The mineral rights not included in the sale.
Rights Of Way
- There is a public bridleway on the east side of the wood (AD on the plan).
- There is a right of way granted at all times and for all purposes over the route BC.
There is an obligation on the owner to maintain boundary fences and hedges in stock-proof condition.
Tree Preservation Order
The entire wood is the subject of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). A TPO does not prevent felling or other woodland management but does require the appropriate consent from the Local Planning Authority.
Third Party Rights
The woodland is subject to a 50% claw-back of uplift value resulting from any change of use.
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
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- 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.