SOLD: Comb Back Wood £99,000 Freehold

  • Stokenchurch , High Wycombe , Buckinghamshire
  • about 6 acres
  • East Anglia


Comb Back Wood forms part of a much larger area of woodland known as East Wood. A manageable sized woodland with the benefit of an excellent stoned access track suitable for most vehicles, it offers an ideal start into family forestry.

Magnificent mature beech trees dominate whilst beneath their canopy future generations of trees are at all stages of growth. A small pond gives the perfect place to sit and relax away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Comb Back Wood forms part of an ancient area of woodland dating back to at least 1600 AD. The trees have over the centuries been harvested for timber and new trees grown on naturally, thus the woodland feels as nature intended.

Beech is an excellent timber with many uses from furniture making to providing logs for heating your home.

A number of small glades offer secluded places to set up camp out of sight of the main access track. Previous management has provided some brash piles which are ideal firewood for a small camp fire.

Easily found and accessed off the A40, being under an hour from London and 30 minutes from Oxford. The village of Stokenchurch is less than a mile from the woodland and has a variety 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.


Beech trees dominate, these have been well managed in the past such that the larger area of woodland of which Comb Back Wood forms part won a silver medal from the Royal Agricultural Society in 1996 and in 1998 it won the Chilterns Woodland Award.

Made up of trees of all ages with an incredible seed bank of beech mast which will provide plenty of natural regeneration for the future.


Muntjac and roe deer have been seen in the woodland and enjoy moving between the wood and the outlying fields at dawn and dusk. However the real thrill is to see red kites circling the woodland on thermals. The red kite is one of the huge success stories of bringing back species to the UK. It is a medium-large bird of prey in the family which also includes many other raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. The reintroductions in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been a great success. Between 1989 and 1993, 90 birds were released there and by 2002, 139 pairs were breeding. The larger area of woodland has breeding birds in residence.


The woodland benefits from a small seasonal pond which could be improved, this is a great addition to any woodland. Surrounding the pond is a good place to camp.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A new stone track leads from the main gate all the way to the woodland. This track offers full vehicle access suitable for most family vehicles to the woodland. A number of small tracks and a footpath run along the western boundary..


A perfect family wood, good for camping and numerous outdoor activities.

For those seeking a tranquil retreat it could be ideal for forest bathing This Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way. Perhaps the ultimate post Covid remedy.

Local area and history

Comb Back Wood and many of the beautiful Chiltern Woods are filled with ancient beech trees. These trees were grown in a large part for their timber which was used in furniture making. It is thought that the first Windsor chair made its appearance in the county of Buckinghamshire where the main centre of production eventually moved to High Wycombe. The first Windsors were of the comb-back variety. Hence the wood is named Comb Back Wood to mark its heritage. By the 18th century steam bending was being used to produce the characteristic "bow" of the Windsor chair. The first chairs made this way were shipped to London from the market town of Windsor, Berkshire in 1724. Chairs are still made locally and whilst the wood is not harvested as frequently it still provides an excellent source of naturally regenerating timber.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are indicated by pink paint markings on trees and boundary stakes. The southern boundary is the northern side of a ride. The western boundary is the western side of a path. Whilst the northern and eastern boundaries are the wood edge.

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 780 952
  • Nearest post code: HP14 3XJ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.6503, -0.873485

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 left.
  • 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 two woodland books

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 mature broadleaved woodland with pond.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: [email protected]