Heights Wood, 5.03 acres of young mixed woodland on the outskirts of Blackburn, Lancashire for £80,000 (freehold) [#F2144]
Scots pine and mixed broadleaf woodland, with good roadside access and great potential for a variety of amenity activities.
BB1 4AD (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 103
- Roadside gate: SD 703 309
- Centre of wood: SD 702 309
Heights Wood was planted to commemorate Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip’s 50th wedding anniversary in 2002. The woodland was mostly planted with a mixture of native broadleaves, but a small copse of Scots pine adds a lovely ‘commercial’ element.
Approximately 5 acres in size the conifers provide a contrast to the broadleaf composition of oak, cherry, holly, hazel, hawthorn and a few ash trees. A low agricultural fence was erected around the main plantation to protect the young trees from grazing animals. Now that the trees are established, this is now broadly redundant although it does provide a degree of security if future owners want to let animals (or young children!) run wild. There is a shared entrance directly off the main road, and a private gate leads into the woodland. A stone wall forms the boundary to the adjacent woodland and exists from when it was an agricultural field, and a rarely used public footpath runs just inside the wall along the eastern edge. About halfway along the wall is a memorial stone in recognition of the woodland planting in 2002.
Previous uses of the land have been for private camping and as a place for target practice (air rifle) and friendly games of paintball, hence why there are old cable drums dotted throughout the woodland. As the woodland slopes gently to the southwest, this corner where the Scots pines are thickest is the quietest place with lovely views over agricultural fields and the outskirts of Blackburn in the distance.
In summary, Heights Wood presents the opportunity to own woodland with a range of characteristics and potential for future use, from medium to long term commercial management, conservation, amenity or to create a smallholding (with appropriate consents).
If It Were Mine
The woodland would benefit from minor tree management and scrub control. There are a few open spaces which could be suitable for any number of uses, so these I would keep them controlled by frequent strimming. I would be tempted to plant some alternative species - perhaps some fruit trees.
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 eastbound from the M6 on the M65, exit at junction 6.
- At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit for the A6119, direction Ring Road.
- Drive along the ring road for approximately 1 mile until you reach a set of traffic lights with a road sign immediately before the traffic lights with a right hand turn signposted for Great Harwood and Whalley.
- Turn right here onto Whalley Old Road.
- Drive along this road, through the residential area, for approximately 1 mile, at this point the road will start climbing more sharply up and on the left are signs for a water reservoir.
- You will see the woodland on the lefthand side and shortly you should see the Woods4Sale sign at the entrance to the woodland (point A on the plan).
- Please pull in front of the gate and park, trying not to block the gate.
- Please use the public gate to the left of the main vehicle gate. The second gate into the woodland is unlocked, please close the gate after you.
- The southwest boundary is the outer agricultural fence.
- The southeast boundary is the stone wall adjacent to the main road.
- The northeast boundary is the stone wall.
- The northwest boundary is the outside edge of the small stream.
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 public right of way running along the eastern edge (AC on the plan).
- A right of way is reserved over the route AB for the adjacent woodland.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a right of access along AC for the benefit of Middle Mickle Hey Farm to the north (although we believe the farm has never exercised this right).
The woodland owner is responsible for maintaining all boundaries on the edges of the property (not to be confused with the internal fence immediately surrounding the trees).
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)
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.