Carolside Woodland is a diverse and very attractive woodland located in the Scottish Borders approximately 2 Km north west of the village of Earlston and 6 Km north east of the well-known Border town of Melrose. The woodland sits …
Carolside Woodland is a diverse and very attractive woodland located in the Scottish Borders approximately 2 Km north west of the village of Earlston and 6 Km north east of the well-known Border town of Melrose. The woodland sits on the east bank of the Leader Water and has excellent direct access to the public road on the west side of the woodland. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a woodland which can be enjoyed for the amenity it provides, with likely capital appreciation and longer term potential to generate revenue from recently planted productive crops.
The woodland extends to approximately 17.56 hectares (43.4 acres) and occupies an easterly slope running from the public road down to the Leader Water. The woodland follows the bank of the Leader Water for approximately 600 metres and the Kedslie Burn runs through the northern section of the woodlands.
The woodland has been actively managed in recent years with mature conifer crops having been felled and restocked with Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, Western red cedar and Japanese cedar along with mixed native broadleaves. These young crops are establishing well and will add a good productive element to the woodland. The felling and replanting work has given the woodland a mixed age structure which adds to the diversity of the property.
There are maturing broadleaf areas which have recently been thinned to open these out and encourage understorey and ground flora development. The broadleaf woodlands include sycamore, oak, beech, alder, ash, birch and elements of willow and hazel. A number of small glades have been created further adding to the diversity of the woodland. A network of woodland tracks allow ready access to walk through the attractive woodlands and down to the river bank where Brown trout fishing can be enjoyed. The tracks are suitable for ATV’s and in dry weather 4WD vehicles. Whilst the main mature crops of conifers have been harvested, there remain a number of mature pine and spruce in parts of the woodland and an area of mid rotation Sitka spruce which could be thinned again in coming years to provide revenue.
The diversity of the woodland is further enhanced by the Kedslie Burn and glen forming the northern limb of the woodland. Although steep, much of this has recently been thinned and the burn opened up to allow light and dappled shade to the water course with associated biodiversity and wildlife benefits.