SOLD: Brickleton Wood £89,000 Freehold

  • Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
  • about 5 acres
  • Central England


The fading sunlight is an enchanting time in the woods. The last of the summer greenery has long since retreated into the woodland floor to seek refuge from the ravages of the winter.

There is however plenty of life to be discovered in this mature beech woodland whatever the season. Throughout the year small mammals make preparations for stores and feed up on provisions of seeds and berries. The moist air is perfect for the fruiting fungal blooms on the deadwood of last year's fallen trees.

In past times when the value of nature was more appreciated, the young leaves were another valuable food source; eaten raw as an early source of fresh greens, or more extravagantly used to make a gin liqueur. Even in winter the leaf buds were harvested, kept on the twigs and used as toothpicks. Beech nuts have also been a valuable food source for people during periods of hardship. The nuts which are high in fat and protein can be ground and mixed into flour to make breads or roasted and used in soups. They can, however, only be eaten raw in small quantities because they contain a toxin, which causes gastric illness. The high fat content made the seeds a valuable source of oil, which was traditionally used for both cooking and lighting.

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 drooping boughs of the giant beech trees, are relieved of their summer growth as golden leaves fall to the forest floor and the watery light floods deep into the woods. And so the process begins again. The roots and bulbs lie dormant, covered in the deep leaf litter in readiness for spring, of which the snowdrop will be one of the first to appear.


Fallow, roe and muntjac deer can all be found here along with a wealth of other wildlife.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The access tracks are suitable for most family vehicles.

A footpath runs along the northern boundary.

Numerous deer tracks known as racks make good internal tracks.

Rights and covenants

Such is the importance 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 also encourage 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

The countryside in this part of Hampshire is of great natural beauty. This idyllic farming landscape of sweeping vistas has retained a timeless charm that has remained unchanged for generations. The name Brickleton is featured in old parish records from the nineteenth century and gives this wood its name.

Nearby Andover now offers a wide range of facilities, having originally grown to prominence during the eighteenth century as a coaching stopover for passengers passing through the area.

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 380 505
  • Nearest post code: SP11 6JQ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.2527, -1.4568

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 to one side of the gate and continue on foot straight along the woodland track. Brickleton Wood is set within this larger area of private woodland.

Vehicular access rights will be given to the new owner.

Continue straight ahead along the track for 300 metres where you will come across the blue coloured markings and entrance to Brickleton Wood on your right.

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.

Brickleton Wood is an ideal place in which to escape to a quieter place to enjoy family time around the campfire and where wildlife conservation and woodland projects can be indulged.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]