SOLD: Bearidge Wood £85,000 Freehold

  • Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
  • about 4 ½ acres
  • Central England


The coniferous forest environment has much to offer as an important wildlife habitat and a place of undoubted natural beauty.

Bearidge Wood is located amongst other areas of privately owned mixed woodland and forms part of a diverse range of woodland habitat where mammals, insects and birds are well supported by this variety. There are attractive open clearings, a small section of hazel coppice and also parts where dense thicket of bramble, fern and shrub provide daytime cover for a thriving deer population and the nocturnal residents of the forest. These creatures of the night lie undisturbed until the light fades and they can take their place in the food chain once darkness descends.

The woodland tree tops of the cedars are vital for nesting birds, providing dense, early spring cover whilst other tree species are still in bud. The examples of these trees in Bearidge Wood have reached particularly impressive proportions in full maturity.

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.


The Cedar that is the predominant species here plays its part in this mixed habitat. These trees, originally from west coast USA were introduced into this country around the middle of the nineteenth century to populate the country estates of the wealthy. It is not just their ornamental value that made them remarkable but the durable timber is widely used in construction and contains a natural fungicide. The tree was highly prized in Native American culture for its versatility and as a symbol of strength and resilience.


The earliest signs of spring are the hazel catkins adorning the otherwise bare branches in January and February; not to be confused with the later catkins of silver birch, alder and willow. They are the male flowers and grow next to the tiny pink buds of the female flowers, providing early pollen for bees before the hazel comes into full leaf and also an important habitat for moth larvae. Later in the year the hazel nuts are a rich source of autumn protein for woodland mammals laying down reserves for winter.

Catkins are also known as 'lamb's tails' and comes from the Dutch word ‘katteken’, meaning kitten.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Bearidge Wood is at the end of the access track that serves other privately owned neighbouring woodland. The sense of escape into nature begins immediately from leaving the public highway and driving through the surrounding woodland. A public footpath runs along the northern edge of the wood.

Rights and covenants

Such is the significance of this natural environment that it carries a special local authority Tree Preservation Order designation, aimed at ensuring its continued existence as an important area of woodland. This will both encourage and assist with good woodland management practice as the local Forestry Commission representative and Local Authority Tree Officer are on hand to advise on how best to achieve this.

Local area and history

Access to the wood is via a good woodland track that in turn leads to a quiet country lane near the small village of Little London. This unspoilt area of the country has for centuries been home to the wealth of the landed classes, conveniently located within reach of the Capital and the important cultural and religious centres of Winchester and Salisbury. The woodland here is documented to have existed in seventeenth century parish records that refer to 'Bearidge Copyce' as the subject of a land dispute between local dignitaries. Contemporary visitors are able to enjoy the stunning natural landscape but within easy reach of the transport infrastructure and facilities of Andover only a few miles distant.

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 185
  • Grid ref: SU 381 504
  • Nearest post code: SP11 6JQ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.2519, -1.45417

Location map


From the A303 leave at the Andover exit signed for the A343 and head north to Hurstbourne Tarrant and Newbury. A mile or so after passing through the village of Enham Alamein there is a turning on your right to Little London. If you are approaching from the north along the A343 then this turning is on your left about a mile or so after passing through the village of Hurstbourne Tarrant.

Continue down this country lane for about a mile until you reach Little London and then turn left into the village on a right hand bend. The road will then lead you through Little London, between the houses and then along a lane with woodland either side. After 500 metres you will reach the entrance to the woods on your left.

The gate here is kept locked but you can park here leaving the gate clear and continue on foot straight along the woodland track where you will see the pink markings for Bearidge Wood on your right. After 150 meters take a right turn and the entrance to the wood is on your right after 50 metres.

Vehicular access rights will be given to the new owner.

Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SP11 6JQ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

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 their 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.

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.

A peaceful forest environment of predominantly towering conifer and occasional oak with an old logging track providing excellent access into the centre of the wood.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]