A 135-acre spruce forest on the North Yorkshire and Lancashire border that has been described as a “natural delight” is looking for new owners after it appeared on the market – giving people a rare opportunity to own their own woodlands.

Reedshaw Moss, which is located next to Laneshaw Reservoir, may have been planted as far back as the 1970s, but it is now up for sale for a whopping £1.3m after it entered the market earlier this month.

Boasting stunning views across the Pennines, the land was established on good conifer ground on Ickornshaw Moor.

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It might be more ‘enchanted forest’ than ownership of a woodland, but, according to Tustins, who is marketing the land, it has a “charming quality”.

Lying between the towns of Colne and Keighley, the land was planted in 1972, followed by two hectares of larch being planted in 1983.

The 135-acre forest lies at 265 metres above sea level and receives an average rainfall of 1250mm with gentle undulations that form two small streams in the wood.

The soil conditions are peat and mineral soils and there was once an old track across the moor to the high point known as Great Wolf Stones – now a prominent point along the Pennine Way.

The Northern Echo: Reedshaw Moss. Picture: TRUSTINReedshaw Moss. Picture: TRUSTIN (Image: TRUSTIN)

Enjoying proximity to the A6068, the purchase of the land comes with sporting rights and is reserved to a third party and is exercised annually.

Mike Tustin, director at Tustins Group and a forestry investment specialist, has described Reedshaw Moss as the “perfect place” and has also boasted about its “tranquil” qualities.  

He said: “It is rare for spruce forest like Reedshaw Moss to come to market. The forest has been established for 50 years in a stunning location on Ickornshaw Moor and benefits from excellent road access for HGV timber extraction.”

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