Pipers Copse, Holystone, Northumberland. A grove of young broadleaves with road frontage in a particularly lovely location. 1.49 acres for £33,000 (freehold) [#A1843]
The ultimate pocket hide-away with young native species fringed by mature oaks.
Pipers Copse is in an unusually 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 to the southeast.
The wood occupies level ground and is set amidst a varied landscape of field and forest, rising to open moorland beyond. Though small it is beautifully self-contained, being a young plantation of native species encircled by a ring of mature oaks and the occasional beech. The wood is also bounded to the south by Dove Crag Burn, a small attractive stream in a broad gulley which feeds into the larger Holystone Burn just downstream.
Within this sheltered location the vendors planted about 200 native broadleaves in protective tubes over the winter of 2017/18. They have personally maintained them since, and the result is a healthy and well-stocked grove of young trees. The principal species are aspen, wild cherry and goat willow.
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 varied habitats in the area mean that Pipers Copse and the surrounding woods are alive with wildlife. The vendors frequently see red squirrels, herons and hares amongst many other local inhabitants.
Pipers Copse really is a little gem. See it and you will fall in love!
Please note the photographs were taken shortly before Storm Arwen. Pipers Copse was largely unaffected but some of the background trees in neighbouring plantations 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 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.
If I lived locally, I’d be there every day!
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 150 metres passing the driveway to Lanternside Farm on your right.
- The entrance to Pipers Copse is a wooden field gate on your left, 50 metres after the Lanternside Farm Drive.
- The northwest boundary (AB) is the road-side fence.
- The northeast boundary (BC) is the centre line of a dry ditch.
- The south boundary (AC) is the centre line of the stream bed.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- Access is taken directly off the adjacent military road leading from Holystone. This road is usually open to the public.
- There are no public rights of way in the wood.
In the absence of livestock the roadside fence is effectively redundant, but technically there is a 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 and would receive the second instalment of £46 after satisfactory inspection in year 5. A copy of this contract is available from the agent on request.
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
- 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.