SOLD: Willowherb Wood £59,000 Freehold


A walk through Willowherb Wood is not as it first appears. From the entrance only the satisfying uniformity of the coniferous woodland is at first apparent but on further progress through the woodland the visitor is drawn into a more diverse woodland landscape of mixed broadleaf species. Hazel coppice stands beneath the boughs of ancient oak and the natural topography has created a bowl type effect at the centre of the wood where at its lowest point a small woodland pond has formed. The shape of the ground here, amongst the dense trees, gives a sense of enormous seclusion.

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.


There are many types of fern here and a soft carpet of sphagnum moss which softens the footfall of the wildlife enthusiast allowing for silent progress through the wood. Beneath the tree cover clumps of sedges and arum, or 'Lords and Ladies', proliferate in the eastern part of the wood where the sunlight from open fields to the east penetrates deep under the thick forest canopy. There is plenty here to discover, including the resilient willowherb after which the wood is named. As you progress through the dense wood the conifer gives way to broadleaf tree types consisting mainly of oak, and hazel at the woodland fringes.

The White Admiral butterfly has been spotted fluttering through the wood catching the shafts of sunlight that filter through the tree canopy upon its translucent wings. Deer are occasionally sighted here. Sometimes referred to as the fairies of the wood these delicate browsers nibble on choice stems as they drift undisturbed through the woodland.


Access, tracks and footpaths

There are no public footpaths through the wood. There is however good access to Willowherb Wood via a public footpath to the west which connects to Ryde for train and ferry services.

Local area and history

The Island has enjoyed royal patronage as a favoured location during the reign of Queen Victoria, when in its fashionable heyday Ryde was a thriving and wealthy resort. Today the town enjoys large visitor numbers as a gateway to the numerous attraction of the Island and its natural beauty. The privacy of the woodland is a welcome space for a new owner to enjoy the peace of the forest.

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. 196
  • Grid ref: SZ 600 899
  • Nearest post code: PO33 1QL
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7062, -1.15037

Location map


The Isle of Wight is easily accessed by ferry from Portsmouth (Fishbourne), Southampton (Cowes) and Lymington
(Yarmouth). Additional passenger only ferry services operate between Southampton and West Cowes and Portsmouth and Ryde. The nearest crossing point to the wood is Ryde. From here head south on the A3055 Brading / Sandown road proceeding straight over the roundabout at Tesco supermarket as you leave the town. Continue for a further mile or so and then take the turning into Harding Shute on your right just after the 'Woodlands for Sale' board on the A3055. After a further 150 metres you will see the gate and signboard at the wood entrance. This gate is kept locked for security but you can contact Daniel 07780 900192 for the code to the combination padlock. Please make sure this gate is kept secured during and after your visit.

There is plenty of space inside the gate to park and then enjoy the walk from here up the track through the surrounding woodland.

Follow the track straight ahead for 600 metres and as the track bears sharply round to the left continue for a further 80 metres and then turn sharply right. After a further 200 metres you will observe the pink coloured markings and name sign for Willowherb Wood on your right as indicated on the plans provided with these particulars.

The nearest postcode is PO33 1QL is shown on plan 3 with a 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 manageable sized woodland, offering the opportunity for family forestry set on level ground with a good access track suitable for a family car.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]