A productive and well located mature commercial conifer forest, with opportunity for immediate timber income in rural Aberdeenshire.
Newnoth forest was established between 1986 and 1987 with predominantly Sitka spruce as a commercial crop. The spruce, in some areas, was planted with Scots pine, larch and lodgepole pine in an intimate mixture, however these have now been dominated by the Sitka leaving a productive spruce plantation. Occupying a north facing slope within the Glen of Noth, growth rates are variable with the lower lying crop much more advanced than the crop on the upper slope. Yield class of the conifer crops is estimated to be in the region of 16 – 18, however recent growth indicates yield class of up to 24 would be achievable on the better sites, highlighting the strong volumes of timber across the plantation.
The site rises from 208m above sea level to 513m with the free draining, underlying soils providing good stability and suitability for commercial timber. Felling could be anticipated across the site within the next 5 years. The conifer merges with the unplanted heather hill and ridge running up to the Hill of Noth, which could have potential for natural capital opportunities.