A FOREST, the equivalent of almost two miles in size, has gone on the market for almost £5m in the heart of the North-East countryside.

Whiteburn, which is 1,200 acres in size and located near Alwinton in Northumberland, has gone up for sale for the relatively rare bargain price of £4.8m.

Complete with its own stone house settled among a "substantial area" of mixed age, high yielding Sitka spruce trees, the forest is described as being in an area of "natural beauty."

Jock Galbraith, senior surveyor at John Clegg & Co, who are marketing the property, said: “The forest market remains buoyant with recent sales proving that forest assets are still in high demand.

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"The strong market, coupled with this rare opportunity for investors to acquire a property of such scale and quality in Northern England means that we anticipate a significant level of interest in this sale.

“The young crops are growing fast and there is a substantial volume of mature timber ready to harvest immediately.

"The mixed age class structure at Whiteburn means there is regular income forecast from future timber harvesting.”