SOLD: Drey Wood £55,000 Freehold


A place of your own under the cover of towering oak trees and sheltered by holly and hazel coppice is an ideal opportunity for engagement with the natural environment and a place to learn from and enjoy the woodland management efforts of past generations. Drey Wood is a good example of a well considered woodland where oak standards dominate the high canopy and give shelter to the hazel below that in times past was such a versatile resource for making all manner of domestic and agricultural products such as bean poles, hurdles and walking sticks.

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 woodland is home to many species. Browsing deer roam freely and the fox and badger are much at home in this environment. It is the domain of one of our most contentious small mammals. The squirrel is both loved and loathed for its cute cartoon image as a cuddly woodland creature but also its fiery independence and seemingly careless attitude towards its own environment that often leads to damage to young trees. Look out for dreys high in the branches where they take refuge in summer and winter to rear their young.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Active forestry management of past generations is much in evidence at Drey Wood. A newly renovated access track brings you to the entrance to the wood where private tracks lead further into the wood. Elsewhere the fading ruts in historic tracks running through the wood and giant stumps are signs of active engagement with the land to crop the hazel coppice and harvest the occasional oak.

Local area and history

The nearby Wye Valley offers a chance to enjoy the scenery from the water and the historic city of Gloucester provides all the facilities necessary for a comfortable camping experience or to begin the journey of managing your own wood.

Wood maps

Wood map


Indicative red boundary markings run along the access tracks to the east and west. To the north there are open fields and at the north east boundary there are red markings on posts and trees running through Drey Wood.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 162
  • Grid ref: SO 732 188
  • Nearest post code: GL19 3EF
  • GPS coordinates: 51.868, -2.38939

Location map


From Gloucester and the M5 follow signs for Ross On Wye east on the A40. After approximately 7 miles upon entering the village of Birdwood you will see the Kings Head on your left and after a further one hundred metres there is a left turn at the bottom of the pub car park, where, set back from the road is an access gate into the woods and a Woodlands.co.uk 'For Sale' board. Follow this track to the gated entrance to the woods for a few metres as it passes the chicken houses on the left. This gate is kept locked for security but you can contact Daniel 07780 900192 for the code for the combination padlock. Please make sure this gate is kept secured during and after your visit.

Turn right through the gate and follow the main track for 30 metres then take the right fork. Follow this track through the woods for a further 100 metres until you see the entrance and red markings for Drey Wood on your right.

Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code GL19 3EF 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

Free copies of our woodland book

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 great opportunity to own a small self contained woodland set amongst other privately owned mature woods in rural Gloucestershire.

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Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]