SOLD: Heathcote Wood £99,000 Freehold


Set deep within the peaceful setting of rural Hampshire, Heathcote Wood is a fascinating haven in which both wildlife and the woodland enthusiast can thrive. If approached sensitively then the enjoyment of the wood can be for the benefit of both. There is plenty here that can be done to enhance the habitat for wildlife from the simple provision of bird and bat boxes to the management of the tree cover and ground flora. The most successful environments are created when the needs of all occupiers are given consideration. The requirement for a diverse and peaceful retreat are a good starting point as common ground for all.

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.


This is a woodland of different parts and varying character. There is a great variety of tree species that has evolved over recent generations of planting, resulting in a diverse habitat of Heathcote Wood today. At the western edge of the wood an area of mature pine has been largely cleared and has been overtaken by thick ground flora. This is a great opportunity for clearing and replanting with native species to further enhance the woodland or retaining this area for the benefit of differing wildlife.

Moving eastward through the wood the character changes dramatically under the cover of mature oak, sycamore and beech, where the dense canopy has created sheltered clearings and a more mature woodland environment. At the south eastern edge an area of younger planting is now well established.


Woodland grasses and flowers flourish in the shady verges of the banks at the edge of Heathcote Wood. Animal tracks wend their way towards these watery drainage ditches at the woodland boundary and into the fields beyond. The hoof prints or 'slots' of roe deer leave clear marks on the banks as they leap from the cover of the woodland onto the tracks at the boundary and are encouraging evidence of the levels of wildlife activity within this woodland.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The access track passes through surrounding woodland to a clearing at the entrance to the wood. There is a public footpath running along the short north boundary. This is provides convenient access to the delightful surrounding countryside and is well screened from within Heathcote Wood by mature growth.

Local area and history

The village of Durley was also known alternatively as Durlye or Dyrle and had important connections for a time during the seventeenth century when Durley Manor Farm was home to the grand daughters of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. The wood is named after the Heathcote family who were also some time residents of the manor. The village is now a quiet rural community with excellent access to the facilities and transport links of the nearby larger centres of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester.

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 515 178
  • Nearest post code: SO32 2AB
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9582, -1.2677

Location map


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 the 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 please 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 with a gate straight ahead for Bells Copse. Turn sharp right just before this gate and then continue along the track for a further 550 metres and then turn left for a further 200 metres until you see the name sign and blue markings for Heathcote 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.

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 woodland wildlife enclave surrounded by woodland in the delightful setting of rural Hampshire.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]