Woodland at Buteland Farm

Buteland Road, Balerno, Edinburgh, EH14 7JJ

Offers Over £3,500,000

965.42 acres

  • An extensive area of accessible commercial forestry.
  • Close to the City of Edinburgh
  • An area of commercial and mixed amenity woodland.
  • Situated in an accessible location
  • Located within reach of a range of timber markets
  • Spectacular views over the surrounding countryside
  • Potential to expand sporting and environmental interests

DESCRIPTIONThis property presents a rare opportunity to acquire a commercial forestry investment, located in a desirable area of Central Scotland and within very close proximity to the City of Edinburgh. The Woodland at Buteland Farm extends to approximately 390.70 Ha (965.42 Acres) in total occupying an accessible location on the boundary between the administration districts of Edinburgh City and West Lothian just to the south of the village of Balerno and to the south of A70. The Water of Leith partially bounds the subjects of sale to the north west.The significant areas of commercial woodland have been planted under various woodland schemes principally over the last decade and are interspersed with some smaller areas of mixed broadleaf woodland and older shelterbelts. There is also an area of woodland, formally subject to lease which has been bought back in, felled by the previous owner some years ago and restocked in 2022.The site is of a varying aspect rising from 223m along the north eastern boundary to 295m above sea level at its highest point to the south west of the subjects of sale. It is generally flat or gently sloping and will provide no significant challenges to future harvesting.The woodland compartments contains a mixture of productive conifer species which are dominated by Sitka spruce with some smaller areas of secondary conifer including Norway spruce, Scots pine and Hybrid larch. There are a number of areas of mixed broadleaves which enhance the diversity, sporting and landscape benefits of the overall woodland.All the younger planting has been carried out under a range of Schemes with the latest planting being carried out in 2017, 2019 and 2022 under the current Forestry Grant Schemes. The older compartments are well established with the most recent planting having been prepared and planted to a high standard which should lead to good establishment. Crops are growing well with all the 2013 and later planting having been undertaken with improved Sitka spruce. It is estimated that the Sitka spruce will achieve a projected Yield Class of 24 or more. Prospective purchasers should make their own determinations on projected Yield Class, but it is anticipated that the woodland will provide an opportunity to grow substantial volumes of high quality timber in the future.Whilst much of the recent planting has been established with deer fencing there is a well-managed resident population of roe deer and although formal records are available, the current owners have culled an average of 28 deer per annum. The woodlands have been laid out to facilitate deer management and it is anticipated that ongoing management will provide significant potential for roe stalking. The woodlands are served by excellent access roads which lead along the northern and eastern edge of the subjects of sale and over which full rights of access for forestry purposes will be included. There are a number of internal forestry tracks which lead from the main access roads. The principal access roads have been used for timber haulage in the past and link via the C Class public highway to the A70 to the north of the subjects of sale.SITUATIONThe woodland at Buteland Farm is situated in an accessible and scenic position approximately 3 miles south west of the village of Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with Edinburgh City Centre being approximately 10 miles to the north east.Edinburgh City Centre has earned its reputation as one of the UK’s leading cities offering a wide range of shops and professional services as well as main line railway stations and an international airport. The woodland areas are well-placed to access timber markets located in Central and Southern Scotland.DIRECTIONSFrom Edinburgh, travel west on the A70 signed to Lanark, passing through the settlements of Juniper Green and Currie, then about 2 miles after leaving Balerno take the first left immediately after the Beechgrove Poultry Farm onto Haughhead road. Follow this minor public road for about 1 mile to the top of hill before taking the right fork in road opposite Buteland farm steading. The woodlands at Buteland are located on the left at the end of this tarmac road.WHAT3WORDShttps://w3w.co/canine.depending.splicePOST CODEEH14 7JJ