SOLD: Wonder Wood £55,000 Freehold


Wonder Wood is a thought provoking mix of tree species that hints at the history of how today's woodland came into being. Veteran oaks dominate hidden clearings, surrounded by natural regeneration of birch, ash and hazel that mingle with stands of occasional conifer.

These remnants of plantation woodland are from a time of post war forestry policy to replace depleted stocks. Much of this new plantation was never felled as the economics of timber production changed and so now forms part of a mature woodland. Some cleared areas have remained unplanted and become populated by forest shrubs such as rosebay willowherb and flowering gorse. This provides valuable habitat for butterflies and invertebrates and an opportunity for further planting of native tree species to sustain greater diversification at Wonder Wood.

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.


Woodland habitat on The Island is an important stronghold of the red squirrel. The absence of the grey squirrel has enabled them to thrive where usually they come under threat from their transatlantic cousins first imported to this country in Victorian times, bringing both disease and an aggressive ambition to displace the indigenous red population.

Sympathetic management of woodland can create a favourable environment for the red squirrel. Encouraging hazel coppice and planting selective tree species that provide a food source and a home for these gentle creatures is a simple way to support the population.


A number of ancient earth banks run through the wood along the northern boundary and along the edge of the central track through Wonder Wood. These were part of an early system of boundary marking and enclosing of livestock and still provide readily identifiable markers to this day in support of more modern mapping methods.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A long well made track from the securely gated access from public highway leads directly to the entrance to Wonder Wood. From here you are drawn within the boundaries of the wood by an established woodland ride that passes through the centre of the wood.

Local area and history

The climate and location of the island has drawn other cultures over the centuries who have left their mark. Notable amongst these is the extensive Roman presence now well preserved at the Brading Roman Villa and visitor centre near the wood. In subsequent centuries the island continued to attract nobility and royalty as a favourite destination of Queen Victoria.

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 600 898
  • Nearest post code: PO33 1QL
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7054, -1.15031

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 for 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 you will see the name sign and orange coloured boundary markings for Wonder Wood on your right. The plans with these particulars are also available to assist you.

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.

An interesting and attractive wood with a long history of mixed planting resulting in the enormous variety of species now found here.

Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

Email: [email protected]