Wrae Castle Wood, Broughton, Scottish Borders. A maturing mixed woodland with commanding views. 13.94 acres for £86,000 (freehold) [#A2075]
A robust woodland with commercial and amenity credentials in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
ML12 6JF (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 72
Entrance (point A): NT 111 326
Centre of wood: NT 113 330
Wrae Castle Wood is beautifully situated amidst the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders close to the village of Broughton. The A701 is half a mile distant giving ready access to Edinburgh and Carlisle.
The wood occupies moderately sloping ground with a northeasterly aspect overlooking moorland, fields and woods. The previous conifers were felled about 10 years ago and the wood is now filling well with the successor crop. Wrae Wood benefits from a wide variety of conifer species giving built in resilience to a range of environmental factors. The dominant species is Douglas fir which is thriving on the well drained mid slopes. Other conifers include larch, Scots pine and Lawsons cypress along with a smattering of lodgepole pine and spruce.
Some of the lower ground has been restocked with native broadleaves – predominantly birch, oak and rowan along with some woody shrubs including hazel and blackthorn. Intriguingly there are also a few gum trees.
The larger part of the wood is surrounded by a stone wall, the balance being protected by stock fences. There are commanding views from the wood to the northeast over the Tweed Valley.
The wood is accessed across a well drained field. This links to a stone track lower down that connects with the public road. This part of Scotland is well served by a variety of sawmills, big and small – useful for when the woodland enters production phase. Meanwhile the maturing woodland habitat is increasingly a refuge for birds and animals alike. Roe deer, hares and woodland songsters were all in evidence when we visited along with a variety of raptors including buzzards and kestrels.
Silviculturists and conservationists alike will find plenty to occupy them in this most attractive wood.
If It Were Mine
Now that they are getting established, the conifers would benefit from tube removal (along with other redundant tubes across the wood). I’d be tempted to enclose a few broadleaf areas to exclude deer and then consolidate with further planting. This along with some scrub clearance would also enhance the ground flora.
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
- The village of Broughton is about 25 miles southwest of Edinburgh on the A701.
- Head south out of Broughton on the A701.
- After 1¼ miles fork right onto a minor road signed for Glenholm.
- The access track to the wood is ½ mile on your left indicated by a Woods4sale sign (A on the plan).
- Please park clear of all tracks and gates, and continue on foot up the track for 100 metres.
- Fork right up the hill and climb the gate into the field (B).
- Keeping to the right side of the field, walk up the hill for 170 metres to enter Wrae Castle Wood via a wooden slip gate (C).
- The west boundary (FG) is a stone wall adjacent to a deer fence.
- The northeast boundary (GCD) is the field-edge stone wall.
- The east and southeast boundaries (DEF) are stock fences.
Note: Some of the title boundaries are slightly at variance with boundary walls and fences on the ground. The wood is offered according to title.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of access over the field BC up to the wood.
- Historic title documents also mention a right of access between woods and the public road. The most direct route is the track AB but as far as we know there is no plan confirming the route. The vendor has owned the property since 2007 and states that the access has been used openly and without challenge throughout their period of ownership.
As is usual in Scotland, boundaries are maintained at mutual expense with neighbours.
Third Party Rights
There may be third party rights reserved to retained land to inspect and maintain water and drainage infrastructure.
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)
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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.