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No bids to buy Yewbarrow Woods

Yewbarrow Woods was put up for sale. Photo: ITV Border

The Lake District National Park Authority hasn't been able to sell Yewbarrow Woods in Longsleddale.

It was the second time the authority had put the 35-acre woodland out to tender.

It's one of 7 properties being sold to raise capital for other projects around the national park.

Two properties, Lady Wood in Grasmere and Long Bridge in Portinscale near Keswick, were sold earlier this year.

The Authority wasn't able to sell Yewbarrow Woods. Credit: ITV Border

The sales, which also include Stickle Tarn, have been controversial with many local people calling for the sale to be abandoned.

Local communities have applied for 3 of the 7 properties to be designated Community Assets, slowing the sales.

Blea Brows in Conison and Stickle Tarn in Langdale are now listed as Community Assets, which means community groups have first refusal, while Rydal Village Society has applied to South Lakeland District Council to list Baneriggs Wodd and Blue Hill & Red Bank Wood as Community Assets.

Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

The National Park will now explore other options, including sale, for Yewbarrow Woods, which is a Site of Special Conservation.

Another property, Waterside Knott in Newby Bridge is being sold by tender.

The tender to market Yewbarrow Woods has now concluded. Whilst there was some initial interest in the property, we did not receive any tender bids.

We will now review the feedback we have received and use this to guide our decision on how we move forward with this property, whilst maintaining all our commitments to the future care of this site."

– LDNPA spokesperson

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