SOLD: Fortescue Wood £75,000 Freehold
- Durley, Hedge End, Hampshire
- nearly 5 ½ acres
- Central England
Life on the woodland floor
Late autumn colour
Looking into the wood
A view from the access track
Along the southern boundary
Space at the entrance
The eastern boundary
The ancient bank through the wood
Turkey tail fungus
A bench in a clearing
There is little disturbance here except the melodic birdsong of the many species that have made this stunning woodland landscape their home.
This is a nature lovers' delight. The hidden clearings within the thick cover of the wood provides the perfect place to enjoy evenings around the campfire. From here the timeless spectacle of browsing deer, the call of the Barn Owl and the subtle sounds of the woodland at night can be enjoyed.
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.
For centuries the stems of towering beech and oak have provided a safe habitat that is constantly evolving as the canopy changes over the generations. Now there is emerging self seeded birch, hazel and fir among the other species here to further enhance the diversity. Of particular note are the enormous beech trees that stand at the entrance to Fortescue Wood, creating an impressive protective canopy and clearing from which to explore further.
Roe and muntjac deer are often seen. Foxes, badgers and a host of other small mammals will share this wood with the new owner.
An ancient earth bank bisects the wood and creates a distinct separation in character between the mixed deciduous trees and the mature stand of conifer at the eastern end. This mixed habitat creates important biodiversity as the ground flora varies enormously between the two parts of the wood.
Access, tracks and footpaths
The access track provides good vehicle access all the way to a parking area within the boundary of Fortescue Wood. A footpath runs along the western boundary.
Local area and history
Historically this area has been enjoyed by leading members of the clergy and the nobility due to its accessibility from the historic centres of church and state, Winchester and London.
Beyond the boundaries of Fortescue Wood neighbouring woodland is now enjoyed in private ownership. The wider surrounding area is made up of open countryside but with good access to local towns for essential supplies before a retreat to the woods.
The northern boundary is formed by an old earth bank and coloured posts marked in blue. There are further blue coloured markings on trees along the access track forming the boundaries to the east and south and the footpath to the west.
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 512 173
- Nearest post code: SO32 2AB
- GPS coordinates: 50.9535, -1.27142
Leave the M27 at junction 7 and take the first exit from the roundabout into Charles Watts Way and then left at the next roundabout into Tolbar Way. Follow the road straight over a series of roundabouts through a retail park. Continue for a couple of miles, passing a car sales forecourt and Durley Primary School. The road then bears to the left and after a further 500 metres the turning into the woods is on your left where there is a locked gate.
Before viewing you can contact Daniel for the code for the red combination lock or park further along the road and walk along the track on foot.
Follow the woodland track straight on for approx 750 metres until reaching a large clearing where there is a portacabin. Turn right past this container and then left after a further 50 metres. Continue along the track for a further 100 metres and you will see the blue coloured boundary markings and name sign for Fortescue Wood on your right.
Please refer to the plans to assist you with finding your way.
Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SO32 2AB is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.
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.