Marquess Wood occupies a peaceful location within The Cranbourne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, now and for future generations. The area has an important historic legacy from the Bronze and Iron ages, when the area became settled and large areas of pasture and arable farmland were created. The pastures of the Downs date from this period and basic woodland management was practised. In later times much of the land in this area was managed as part of the grand estates of the nobility from which Marquess Wood takes its name.
Within this diverse and precious landscape of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys Marquess Wood is a mixed woodland of beech, ash and some areas of mature conifer. There is a good proportion of impressive mature oak throughout the wood with its distinctive shape and numerous burrs, or ‘burls’. These stress related growths on the sides of the trunks tell of a long life and ability to survive fungal attack, injury and virus.
There is great variety here of both tree type and age making for an unexpected encounter at every turn as young self seeded hazel and ash thrive amongst mature beech and spruce. Bright red berries on the holly and vivid pink flowering rhododendron also add colour and variety to the understory, whilst impressive blue blankets of bluebells cover the woodland floor in spring. The sunlight from neighbouring open fields penetrates deep into Marquess Wood at the southern edge, encouraging interesting varieties of ground flora along this boundary.
The local area is farming country and the nearby town of Warminster offers a range of small town services and a branch of Mole Valley Farmers a few minutes away is great for tools and forestry equipment of all types. Within half an hour in either direction you have Bath and Salisbury.
These details were prepared by local manager Daniel Sharp.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
Boundaries are indicated with red markings.
You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.
Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.
OS Landranger: OS No 183
Grid ref: ST 881 431
Nearest post code: BA12 8BB
Leave the A36 that runs between Bath and Salisbury at the roundabout junction with the A350 near Warminster signed south to Blandford and Poole. After about 100 yards Five Ash Lane is on your left. Follow the lane for a mile until you reach an unsealed track known as Sandy Lane on your left. This is signed as a public right of way that after 150 metres will lead you to the entrance to Marquess Wood on your right.
Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code BA12 8BB is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot
Boundaries are indicated with red markings.
Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on his or her mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.
Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.
All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.
These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.