SOLD: Kingcombe Copse £85,000 Freehold


Kingcombe Copse lies sheltered within the surrounding woodland and sits largely on level ground. The wood enjoys a spectacular setting in a slightly elevated position looking out through the trees to the rolling landscape of Dorset beyond.

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 wood is a classic of the English countryside where spring bluebells carpet the ground beneath towering oak. There are parts of the woodland that include some hazel and birch but in the main Kingcombe Copse is a celebration of the oak tree and the longevity and continuity that has long been associated with this emblem of the our rural heritage. These well established trees can now be encouraged to continue to full maturity and continue to sustain an important rural ecosystem.


The surrounding land is under the protection of The Dorset Wildlife Trust and as such the numerous woodland species that live here have enjoyed a stable environment beyond the invasive practices of modern agriculture. It is perhaps for this reason that there is much evidence of elusive woodland creatures thriving in Kingcombe Copse. Numerous animal trails cross the forest floor and the gnarled bark of the established oak trees provide perfect nesting for birds of prey, stoat and weasel.

Roe deer are a common sight browsing between the trees amidst the cover of the bracken. The dramatic spectacle of a large roe buck with antlers aloft crashing through the undergrowth is sure to get the heart racing.


Hidden beneath the ground here is the secret history of Kingcombe Copse. It is what you cannot see for part of the year that tells us something of the history of this woodland. For buried beneath the soil the roots and bulbs of delicate woodland plants indicate this as an ancient woodland site.

Bluebells in particular can take a long time to establish in heavy soils and the dramatic purple blue haze of spring at Kingcombe Copse has taken many generation to establish. Dog mercury and wood sorrel in the field layer also indicate that this fragile relationship of earth, light and shelter has been undisturbed in modern times and sensitive planting of predominantly oak has been done with a sensitivity that has not compromised this delicate habitat.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A broad woodland track behind a secure gated access leads to the entrance to Kingcombe Copse.

There are no public footpaths along the boundaries or through this wood.

Local area and history

Kingcombe Copse occupies a most peaceful setting, located deep within the gently rolling hills of West Dorset where the agricultural downlands descend gradually towards the Jurassic coastline of the English Channel. The area is relatively sparsely populated, made up principally of small rural communities, such as the nearby villages of Higher and Lower Kingcombe, served by the larger towns of Crewkerne to the north and Dorchester equidistant to the South.

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. 194
  • Grid ref: ST 555 003
  • Nearest post code: DT2 0QD
  • GPS coordinates: 50.801, -2.63195

Location map


From Dorchester 10 miles to the south or Crewkerne 10 miles to the north follow the A356 until sign posted to Higher Kingcombe on the western side of the road.

From here the lane leads a few hundred yards until a sharp right hand bend at which point the entrance to the wood is set back 20 metres or so on the left hand side.

From a car parking area near this entrance you can proceed on foot straight up the woodland track beyond the locked access gate for approximately 400 metres (continuing straight on past a track on your right after 200 metres) The track then turns right and the red markings and name sign for Kingcombe Copse will become visible after fifty metres on your right.

Please refer to the plans to assist you with finding your way.

Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code DT2 0QD 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 fine example of an established oak wood in the most beautiful of rural landscapes.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]