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Dove Crag Copse, Holystone, Northumberland. Young native species in a glorious location. 3.14 acres for £58,000 (freehold) [#A1839]


A well-established plantation on level ground surrounded by mature oaks and with good access.




3.14 acres




£58,000 (freehold)

Nearest Postcode

NE65 7AX (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).


Entrance (point A): ///pushing.rotate.unfit

Centre of wood: ///paths.potions.couriers

Ordnance Survey Grid References

OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 80 & 81

  • Entrance (point D): NT 949 023
  • Centre of wood:  NT 950 023


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Dove Crag Copse is situated in an exceptionally beautiful and tranquil setting just outside the hamlet of Holystone on the east edge of Northumberland National Park. The historic market town of Rothbury is 15 minutes to the east. A further 5 minutes’ drive connects with the A697 giving easy access via the A1 to Newcastle which is about an hour’s drive away.

Dove Crag Copse occupies level river terraces amidst a landscape of fields and woods rising to open moorland beyond. The wood is bounded to the north by Dove Crag Burn which flows into the larger Holystone Burn a stone’s throw away and much of the perimeter is composed of ancient full-canopy oaks plus the occasional beech. Within this sheltered and fertile spot the vendors planted about 1,700 native trees in protective tubes over the winter of 2017/18. They have personally maintained them since, and the result is a vigorous young woodland which is fully stocked and establishing well. The principal species are downy birch, goat willow, wild cherry, Scots pine and aspen.

The trees were planted with grant aid under a Woodland Grant Scheme, and the carbon emission reductions were sold to Forest Carbon Ltd. The new owner would need to take on some contract obligations and in turn would receive the second instalment of the carbon payment due on the 5th anniversary of the planting.

The proximity of a number of watercourses along with a variety of semi-natural habitats means Dove Crag Copse and the surrounding area is alive with wildlife. Red squirrels, hares and herons call this place home, along with the usual array of woodland birds and mammals.

Dove Crag Copse is an unusually attractive property in a most beautiful and secluded part of Northumberland. If you seek an unspoilt corner of this lovely county, you would be hard put to find a more appealing candidate.

Please note the photographs were taken shortly before Storm Arwen. Dove Crag Copse was largely unaffected but some of the background trees in neighbouring woods are no longer standing. All fallen stems and limbs (much of which has been cut and stacked) are included in the sale.

If It Were Mine

The young trees have been very well maintained but will need weeding for a further couple of seasons to optimise establishment, and the tubes will progressively need to be removed as the stems enlarge. Mowing the rides will help maintain amenity and access.

The beauty, peace and amenity of Dove Crag Copse is self-evident – quiet recreation and enjoyment is writ large here.

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 Rothbury head west on the B6341 for about 4 miles, then fork right onto an unclassified road (just after a line of terraced stone cottages on your right), signed for Sharperton.
  • After 2½ miles, passing the turn on your right into Sharperton, continue over the bridge just ahead of you, then take the first left onto the minor road signed for Elsdon and Holystone.
  • After ¾ mile turn right into Holystone Village.
  • Pass through the village (keeping left) and follow the road for about 450 metres to pass the Forestry England carpark on your right.
  • Continue for about a further 250 metres to a stand of conifers on your right.
  • The entrance to Dove Crag Copse is immediately opposite via a timber gate (point A on the plan).


  • The northwest boundary (AB) is the road-side fence.
  • The north boundary (BC) is the centre line of the stream bed.
  • The southeast and southwest boundary (CDA) is marked with blue-topped posts.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

The mineral rights are included except as reserved by statute.

Rights Of Way

  • Access is taken via the gate at A from the adjacent military road leading from Holystone. This road is usually open to the public.
  • A right of access is granted across the gateway at A into Dove Crag Copse.
  • A maintenance clause covers the shared access with liability according to use.
  • There are no public rights of way in the wood.

Fencing Liabilities

In the absence of livestock the roadside fence is effectively redundant, but technically there is title liability to maintain this length.

Contracts & Grants

The young trees were established with a Woodland Creation Grant. There are no further grant payments. The only outstanding obligation is to remove and dispose of the tubes and stakes appropriately at a suitable time.

The new owner would also need to take on the obligations of the Carbon Contract which will pay an apportioned second instalment of about £359 after satisfactory inspection in year 5. A copy of this contract is available from the agent on request.

Restrictive Covenants

There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.

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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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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.

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Phone: 01248 364 362
Company Number: 4657216.

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