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1917.5 acres, Priesthaugh Forest, Hawick, Highlands and Islands
For Sale - Offers Over £18,000,000

  • Large volumes of mature timber with immediate income potential
  • 83% of the conifer area comprises Sitka spruce
  • Strong Yield Classes
  • Premier location
  • Extensive high-quality internal forest road network
  • Excellent access to timber processors via Agreed and tested Timber Transport Routes
  • Sheltered site comprising fertile upland soils

Closing Date set: 9th of September at 12 noon.

Priesthaugh Forest comprises a jaunty tick shape. The bottom of the tick forms a gentle bowl, which is sheltered from the prevailing wind. The remainder comprises easily worked land with mostly mild gradients most appropriate to commercial conifers and timber production. There are some steeper areas.

Originally, hill ground was acquired by the Forestry Commission and the forest planted between 1977 and 1982. The property returned to the private sector in 1996. The original design and layout of the forest was created under a Landscape Design Plan ensuring best practice at the time. There is an excellent network of forest roads and rides linking with the upland watercourses to ensure maximum use of the planting area. Hilltops, unscheduled and Scheduled Ancient monuments such as the Tinlee Stone, Catrail and Peelbraehope were all left unplanted.

The forest is currently managed with the primary objective of timber production under a Long-Term Forest Plan (LTFP) dated February 2014. The plan is in accordance with the UK Forestry Standard and the UK Woodland Assurance Standard.

The free draining fertile slopes have produced significant volumes/hectares of high quality timber. Elevation ranges from 300 metres up to 540 metres above sea level in stocked areas of the forest, whereas the open hill extends to 610 metres at the highest point, Cauldcleuch Head.

The first felling in the forest was compartment 27 completed in 2009/10. The current owners have felled timber from time to time since 2013 with an average of 530m 3/ha over the last three years. Post felling mounding and restocking has taken place and the species table below summarises the composition of the property as at 1 July 2021. The total conifer area extends to 578.25 hectares of which 452.64 is Sitka spruce. Some 4.58 hectares are in mixture with other species and there are 437.40 hectares of pure Sitka. There are currently 20.68 hectares of mixed broadleaves which equates to 3.45% of the planted area. Under the LTFP this will increase in the next rotation. Recent management measurements suggest the Sitka is standing at an average of over 840m3/ha gross. A detailed compartment schedule and the Long Term Forest Plan are available from GOLDCREST Land & Forestry Group.


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