25 September 1998

Woodland goes

against grain

LIKE farmland, there continue to be successful sales of woodland by auction despite lacklustre timber prices. Highbrook Woodlands in West Sussex, including 491 acres, which sold in 15 lots for more than £1m exceeded the reserve price quoted by auctioneer John Clegg & Co by £400,000.

However three more woodlands are for sale by private treaty. The Tring Park Woodlands on the Bucks and Herts border include six woodlands ranging from 19-157 acres. Guided from £35,000-£275,000 depending on the lot size, the woodlands contain mature hardwoods and a conifers.

Near Gloucester, Ley Park Wood, Blaisdon, offers investment in 232 acres of heavily-stocked, high yielding conifers mainly planted in the 1950s and 60s. It is guided at offers in the region of £260,000.

Bush Wood, near Kinlet, Salop – an English Oak woodland – warrants significant conservation and scientific value with the oak crop established before 1900. Sporting rights are included in the sale – guide price £275,000. Currently shooting and deer stalking are enjoyed. &#42