SOLD: Big Bodgers Wood £129,000 Freehold

  • Stokenchurch, High Wycombe , Buckinghamshire
  • about 8 ½ acres
  • East Anglia


Big Bodgers Wood is an ancient, semi natural woodland. It dates back to before 1600 AD and over the last decades has been recognised as an excellent example of a beech Chiltern woodland.

Magnificent mature beech trees tower above the woodland and you often see red kites circling overhead or perched in the upper limbs of these trees. Other wildlife of note includes deer, foxes and badgers.

This is an ideal woodland for family forestry with lots of dead wood available for the log burner and plenty of places in which to camp or picnic. The eastern corner of the wood has some especially pretty glades.

Easily found and accessed due to an excellent stoned track suitable for most vehicles. Located just off the A40 being under 40 miles from London and under 20 miles from Oxford it has great possibilities for anyone looking for a country retreat. The village of Stokenchurch is less than a mile from the woodland and has excellent range of village shops.

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.


Whilst predominantly beech, Big Bodgers Wood forms part of a much larger area of ancient woodland known as East Wood. In 1996 the Royal Agricultural Society of England awarded this woodland a silver medal certificate for natural regeneration and in 1998 it won the Chiltern woodlands award for demonstrating the highest standards of silvaculture management.

Previously managed to maximise the capital value of the timber value whilst allowing regeneration to establish for future generations. Dotted throughout this beech woodland you will also find oaks, holly, hawthorn and cherry which add a nice variety.


Roe and Muntjac deer live in this woodland. But of particular note are the Red kites that cruise around the sky above the woodland.


A number of tracks criss cross the woodland providing good access to all parts of the woodland. In some areas the wood is very thick, small private glades could be opened up here for camping or other bushcraft activities.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A new stone track leads you from the main gate all the way to the woodland. This track offers full vehicle access to your woodland. A number of small tracks and a footpath cross the woodland.


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 wood is named after the traditional name used for local chair makers. The term was once common around the furniture-making town of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England. Traditionally, bodgers were highly skilled itinerant wood-turners, who worked in the beech woods of the Chiltern Hills.The term and trade also spread to Ireland and Scotland. Chairs were made and parts turned in all parts of the UK before the semi industrialised production of High Wycombe. As well recorded in Cotton the English Regional Chair. Although, originally the term was confined to High Wycombe, more recently since the revival of interest in pole lathe turning post 1980, many current chairmakers now call themselves bodgers.

Bodgers also sold their waste product as kindling, or as exceptionally durable woven-baskets.

Chair bodgers were one of three types of craftsmen associated with the making of the traditional country "Windsor Chairs" . Of the other craftsmen involved in the construction of a Windsor chair, one was the benchman who worked in a small town or village workshop and would produce the seats, backsplats and other sawn parts. The final craftsman involved was the framer. The framer would take the components produced by the bodger and the benchman and would assemble and finish the chair.

In the early years of the 20th century, there were about 30 chair bodgers scattered within the vicinity of the High Wycombe furniture trade. Although there was great camaraderie and kinship amongst this close community nevertheless a professional eye was kept upon what each other was doing. Most important to the bodger was which company did his competitors supply and at what price. Bodger Samuel Rockall's account book for 1908 shows he was receiving 19 shillings (£0.95) for a gross (144 units) of plain legs including stretchers. With three stretchers to a set of four legs this amounted to 242 turnings in total.

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. 165
  • Grid ref: SU 779 952
  • Nearest post code: HP14 3XJ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.6502, -0.875065

Location map


From the M40 take junction 5 and proceed to Stokenchurch via the A40

  • Follow the A40 towards High Wycombe keeping left as you go through Stokenchurch.
  • Half a mile outside of the Village the road bends gently left and the gateway to the woodland is on the right.
  • Park to the side of the gateway and climb carefully over the metal gate.
  • An open area is directly behind the gate with a stoned track running into the woodland.
  • A new stoned track runs off to the left after 80 metres take this track.
  • Follow this track for 350 metres and the woodland entrance is on your right.
  • Note the buyer will be provided with a key for vehicular access.
  • Satnav/GPS note: the postcode HP14 3XJ is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

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 award winning gently sloping classical beech woodland.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: [email protected]uk