Riverside Copse, Waterside, near Fenwick, East Ayrshire. Young planted hardwoods with river frontage in a secluded setting. 7.81 acres freehold for £27,500 [#A1155]
Mixed native broadleaves on a south-facing bank overlooking Craufurdland Water just ½ an hour from Glasgow.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 70
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance: NS 491 444
- Centre of wood: NS 492 440
Nearest postcode: KA3 6JQ
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Riverside Copse lies on a south-facing bank above Craufurdland Water amidst undulating Ayrshire farmland about ½ mile from the attractive village of Waterside. The M77 is just over a mile away giving easy access to Glasgow (17 miles to the northeast) and Kilmarnock (6 miles to the southwest).
The woodland was planted with a variety of broadleaves on former grazing land in 2017. It has been established within a new deer/rabbit fence and the individual trees are further protected by vole guards. Planting is on mounds which greatly improves establishment success and also facilitates future maintenance. The saplings are poised to put on some good extension as they enter the growing season aided by fertile brown-earths.
There are two native-species mixtures. The southeast slopes and the lower western riverside terrace were planted with oak supplemented by cherry, aspen and hazel. Elsewhere on the steeper banking (among the retained scrub) and on damper soils, the mixture is approximately 1/3 downy birch, 1/3 alder and 1/3 minor species including rowan, aspen, willow, bird cherry and hazel, all of which should make for a very pleasing effect as they establish. There are a number of mature beech, ash and oak on the boundaries.
Planting was with grant aid through an SRDP Rural Development Contract which the new owner will be required to take on. The vendor reports that this will produce an income stream over the next four years totalling £3,574.
Riverside Copse occupies a delightfully secluded location hidden from public view, yet enjoying wide views over surrounding farmland and the Craufurdland Valley with extensive river frontage. Taken with the remnant trees and shrubs, this property has amenity and conservation attributes aplenty. The incoming owner will also be able to enjoy maintaining and shaping the development of this new native woodland.
Benbeoch Wood, the property immediately to the north of Riverside may also be available. It measures 6.62 acres and is shaded pale green (ABCD) on the plan. Benbeoch will not be sold separately in advance of Riverside. Please contact the agent for more details.
If It Were Mine
Good maintenance of the young trees for a couple of years will ensure they establish well. Spot weeding is important. I’d also replace any failures and periodically re-firm the vole-guards. In time I might enhance the top and/or bottom track near the centre of the wood to improve access beyond. Camping and BBQs would happen regularly at any number of attractive riverside locations on the south side of the property.
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 Glasgow take the M77 towards Ayr, and exit at junction 6.
- At the end of the off-ramp turn right onto the A77 signed for Galston.
- After 1.3 miles turn left onto the A719 signed for Galston, Waterside and Moscow.
- After 0.9 miles turn left (just after the water works and a bungalow), onto a narrow tarmac road running between chain-link fences.
- Continue on this road (which passes a farm and then becomes more of a track) for ½ mile until you see a Red Rock Forestry sign on your right (A on the plan).
- The entrance to Riverside is via the metal deer gate a short distance down the hard track to your right. Enter the gate and walk down the grass verge on right side of the first planted field for about 300 metres to enter Riverside Copse at point C.
- You can park outside the forestry gate. Please do not drive into the enclosure.
- It is most important that the woodland gate is kept firmly closed at all times during your visit to ensure that deer and rabbits do not enter the enclosure.
- The north boundary (CD) is the line of a derelict stock fence.
- The east boundary (DE) is the field-edge stock fence just outside the new deer fence.
- The south boundary (EF) is at or near the mid-line of the river.
- The west and northwest boundary (FGC) is the deer fence.
Note: A small area enclosed within the deer fence to the south of the river is not within the sale area but is within the woodland scheme. Please contact the agent for further details.
The sporting rights are in hand and not let.
Rights Of Way
There is a right of access for all purposes at all times through the adjacent plantation ABC (including the right to build a stone track), with maintenance according to use.
As is usual in Scotland, field boundary maintenance is believed to be shared equally with neighbours.
Contracts & Grants
The trees in Riverside and the adjacent property to the north were planted under Forestry Grant Scheme contract ref 16FGS12598. The contract will be split and the incoming owner will be required to take on the part relating to Riverside by signing a Transfer of Obligations and a Successors form. The vendor states this will produce £893 per year for four years from 2019 to 2022.
Further details are 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:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- The full contact details (full name, address & phone number) and date of birth of the legal purchaser(s)
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.