SOLD: Shinrin Copse £65,000 Freehold

  • Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
  • about 3 ⅓ acres
  • Central England


Accessed via a well made woodland track it is immediately apparent upon arriving at Shinrin Copse that this is a place for peace and reflection. Set amidst surrounding woodland; the gentle rustling sound of the wind in the mature tree tops fills the air and the lilting sound of birdsong hangs on the breeze. The rounded form of the nuthatch is a common sight as it forages for seeds within the sanctuary of the wood. On the far boundary, an ancient bank marks where mature beech and oak trees meet open fields and then retreat in to the hazy green distance of rural Hampshire.

The track into the wood provides a generous clearing near the entrance and is the perfect spot for parking before tackling the day's forestry project or simply to set the camp fire and enjoy the undisturbed wildlife at close quarters amongst the sights and sounds of the forest.

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.


Shinrin Copse has much to offer the small woodland owner and there exists here the opportunity to further enhance an environment that boasts some impressive oak, beech and ash, interspersed with occasional stands of conifer. This interesting mix has been well managed in the past, allowing for many fine specimens to reach maturity.


As one would expect from a woodland in such a secluded rural location the native wildlife is much in evidence. Roe deer can often be seen browsing the thicket and the foraging routes of badgers weave across the woodland floor. As dusk approaches, the shining eyes of the woodland fox can be seen reflecting the light of the campfire from the shadows.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Shinrin Copse is well served by a decent track running the length of the woodland along the western boundary. There is a clear route into some attractive clearings both at its centre and towards the fringes, where there are delightful views across neighbouring farmland.

Rights and covenants

This important woodland environment is protected by a Tree Preservation Order that protects Shinrin Copse and the surrounding Woodland from inappropriate forestry practice. This does not preclude the process of normal woodland management but simply requires that all proposals are approved in advance by the local authority. The ultimate aim is to preserve the continuity of the woodland. Both the Forestry Commission and the Local Authority are happy to give support and guidance on woodland management projects.


The woodland takes its name from the Japanese relaxation practice of forest bathing; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply is said to help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.

Local area and history

The nearby town of Andover is on hand to provide services and supplies for woodland camping trips. The town grew wealthy in the eighteenth century from the thriving wool trade and its strategic location as an important central market for the wealthy landowning estates in this part of Hampshire.

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 380 502
  • Nearest post code: SP11 6JQ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.25, -1.45575

Location map


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 park here leaving the gate clear and continue on foot straight along the woodland track. After 150 metres take a left turn and the entrance to the wood is ahead after a further 150 metres.

Vehicular access rights will be given to the new owner.

Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SP11 6JQ 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.

Shinrin Copse is a rare offering of a smaller than usual woodland that maintains many of the best features of woodland ownership.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]