SOLD: Forage Wood £59,000 Freehold


Forage Wood is characterised by a verdant sea of green moss that carpets the woodland floor. The few sounds that penetrate into the wood from the outside world are muffled by this natural feature that gives the wood a feel of great tranquillity and stillness. Only the natural sounds of the forest pierces the silence. The screech of a lone buzzard or the rustling of wind in the trees are the sounds that now reach the heightened senses.

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.


A thriving understorey of hazel proliferates beneath a higher canopy of Scots pine and fir trees. Amongst these a mix of deciduous varieties provide interest and habitat diversity, including oak, sycamore and birch.


The immediate impression upon arriving at Forage Wood is the lushness of the plant life that covers the woodland floor. The thick green moss holds valuable moisture in drier times for a variety of woodland grasses that in turn are crucial for small mammals and insects at the lower end of the food chain.


The land here is almost flat, set just below the elevated section of track and parking area that provides access. Just beyond the boundary a small stream passes through neighbouring land but makes its presence felt in Forage Wood as a vital resource supporting all life within the surrounding woodland.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Forage Wood is accessed from a leafy woodland track that leads directly to the boundary where a generous parking area overlooks the attractive woodland vista below.

From here a pathway leads into the level woodland floor and a series of clearings are linked by animal tracks beneath the trees.

Local area and history

The surrounding area is steeped in history and tradition from its historic roots as a religious centre for the Benedictine Monks at nearby Cerne Abbas where the order thrived for more than 500 years until its surrender to Henry VIII, to the mysterious 180 ft chalk giant carved into the hillside nearby.

Wood maps

Wood map


Indicative pink boundary markings are on posts and trees running through the wood to the north and south. To the east the access track forms the boundary and to the west there is a stream.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 194
  • Grid ref: ST 662 065
  • Nearest post code: DT9 5QP
  • GPS coordinates: 50.8575, -2.48135

Location map


Please refer to the plans on these sales details or take a print out of the wood with you.

From Sherborne take the A352 south towards Dorchester. After about 7 miles you will pass through the hamlet of Middlemarsh and, after a double bend as you leave the village proceed past the first lay-by with a gateway and woodlands for sale board for a further half a mile until the entrance to the woodland on your right by another gate and for sale board.

From Dorchester, take the A352 North towards Sherborne and the gates are on your left after the hamlet of Lyon's Gate.

These access gates are kept locked so you will need to park, taking care not to obstruct this access, and proceed on foot. A key will provided for this gate to the new owner.

Proceed for 400 metres down the woodland track and the entrance to Forage Wood is on your left.

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode DT9 5QP is for the point shown by the red dot on the location two maps

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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 hidden gem of natural beauty set away from public roads deep within the Dorset countryside.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]