Holly Blue Wood £125,000 Freehold
- Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
- about 8 ⅔ rd acres
- Central England
A clearing in which to camp
Dew in cobwebs at dawn
The access track runs along the boundary
Animal tracks on the ground
An area of hazel
A bench with a view
The rolling chalky downlands of Hampshire are home to extensive, uninterrupted tracts of farmland and woodland. Holly Blue Wood is a fine example of a mature broad leaf woodland where towering beech trees thrive in the free draining soil. A common sight on the woodland floor is the distinctive black sheen of the flint that so characterises the ground in this area, formed from nodules that have formed on the underlying sedimentary chalk rock.
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 predominantly beech wood, there is however a section of thick hazel at the north western boundary and a number of veteran oaks to the west. Younger naturally regenerated beech and holly throughout provide cover and variety beneath the numerous fine specimens of large beech trees that give Holly Blue Wood such a distinct character as a picture book beech woodland.
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.
The worn animal trails across the woodland floor are evidence of a thriving deer population and these are often sighted at a distance moving elegantly between areas of natural cover. Holly Blue Wood is named after the butterfly that thrives in this woodland habitat, preferring the sunny woodland rides that run along two sides of the wood and also the open clearings that are such a feature here.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access is via a secure gate along a woodland track from the quiet country lane at the eastern end of the block of woodland of which Holly Blue Wood forms a part. There is a newly formed point of vehicle access from the main woodland access track directly into Holly Blue Wood and once within the wood there are the remains of old logging tracks that run beneath the trees. There are no public footpaths running through the wood.
The scale of this woodland and the extent of the mature beech trees here make this an ideal woodland for ongoing forestry management projects and also for it seclusion as an escape to nature.
Local area and history
The nearby town of Andover started as a royal hunting lodge and remained a small market town supported by income from the wool and silk trade until their decline in the nineteenth century when brewing and an iron foundry became prominent. Significant expansion in the 1960s saw Andover become an important regional centre that now provides an extensive array of commercial and leisure facilities, including everything that is needed for the new woodland owner.
Boundaries are indicated with blue markings on posts and trees along the access track to the north east and an existing woodland tracks to north west. To the west the boundary is fenced and to the south there is an old path. The coloured markers continue through the wood along the eastern boundary.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 185
- Grid ref: SU 373 504
- Nearest post code: SP11 6JQ
- GPS coordinates: 51.2523, -1.46657
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 stop here and continue on foot straight along the woodland track. Holly Blue Wood is set deep within this larger area of woodland and you will need to allow plenty of time for your visit to get there.
Vehicular access rights will be given to the new owner.
Continue straight ahead along the track for 600 metres where, at a crossroads of woodland tracks continue for a further 300 metres then turn left and after 100 metres you will see the blue markings and name sign for Holly Blue Wood on your left.
Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SP11 6JQ 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.