- Rural Land
Much of the woodland comprises coniferous species which were planted from around 1950-1970. Some of these conifer crops are now reaching maturity and therefore offer potential purchasers an opportunity to benefit from both relatively short, and longer term income streams. In addition, there are several areas of broadleaved woodland, comprising predominantly semi mature Oak and Beech with further Ash interspersed. There are a number of established rides running within the woodland which, in conjunction with the sloping aspect of the site, add significantly to the sporting and amenity appeal of the land. The woodland is divided between five principal compartments which may be summarised as follows:
Sprays Hill Copse is divided into three sub-compartments comprising Sycamore and Ash in the north eastern corner, Japanese Larch around the western boundary slope and mixed broadleaved species including Wild Cherry, Oak and Silver Birch along the southern boundary.
Stony Hill Plantation is split into two crop types; the upper northern section comprises mainly Ash, Oak and Sycamore which is about 80 to 100 years old and has been regularly thinned. The lower part of the sub-compartment includes the main east-west ride with mature Oak and Beech trees to the north.
Cuckoo Park Wood, which is located centrally within the woodland, comprises a mature stand of Douglas Fir dating from around 1960. The average tree size is around 3.6m3 and this sub-compartment holds around 1,000m3 of good quality Douglas Fir timber.
Cuckoo Park, which forms the south western corner of the woodland, is divided into three sub-compartments; in the western corner is an area recently planted with mixed broadleaved trees, which provide excellent shooting cover. There is also a triangular section with the principal species comprising Norway Spruce, with the height of some of the more sheltered trees being well over 40m, and an average tree size of 3.5m3, with an estimated 500m3 of timber available. The balance of this compartment comprises amenity broadleaved woodland with the benefit of a former pond, again adding to the sporting value of the land.
Old Hole Copse is divided into four sub-compartments. The northernmost compartment comprises a mixture of Japanese Larch and Scots Pine, whilst the compartment below comprises a mixture of Beech and Scots Pine. To the west of this is the largest compartment in the woodland; planted in around 1960, this comprises a mixture of Norway Spruce and Alder. It is estimated that there is in excess of 1,300m3 to extract. Forming the south eastern corner of the woodland is a mature stand of oak which has been well thinned in the past.
There is a small three bay timber and galvanized
log store in the north eastern corner of the
woodland measuring about 18 x 30.
Travelling west on the A30 towards Chard, turn
right after the Windwhistle Golf and Country Club
signed to Cricket Malherbie and Cudworth.
Follow this road for just under one mile, until
reaching a fork in the road. At the fork, follow the
road around to the left and continue for about
500m until reaching a right hand turn. At the
bend, turn left onto the track, and the entrance to
the woodland will be found at the end of the track
after about 280m.