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Defoe Wood - SOLD, Buckinghamshire - About 2 acres, £29,000

Defoe Wood - SOLD

Defoe Wood is an absolute gem which forms part of a much larger area of woodland known as East Wood. Small and easy to manage with the benefit of an excellent stone access track suitable for most vehicles on two sides, it offers a perfect start to family forestry.

The woodland is named after Daniel Defoe, author of the classic novel Robinson Crusoe who wrote whilst visiting the local area in 1725 that there was: "a vast quantity of Beechwood which grows in the woods of Buckinghamshire more plentifully than in any other part of England". He also added that this timber was used for: "...beech quarters for diverse uses, particularly chairmaking and turnery wares".

Beech trees predominate and these have been well managed in the past such that the larger area of woodland of which Defoe 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, this will provide plenty of natural regeneration for the future. You will also find the odd oak, sweet chestnut and an apple tree by the north eastern boundary.

Defoe 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. This has created a wonderful natural feel to the woodland.

Beech is an excellent timber with many uses from furniture making to providing logs for heating your home. The woodland is gently sloping and a number of old forestry rides (tracks) cross the woodland allowing good access throughout. Whilst in contrast in some parts it is incredibly thick with a good understorey which provide cover for wildlife.

A small glade offers a secluded place to set up camp out of sight of the main access track. Some brash piles in the woodland provide the perfect firewood to start a small camp fire.

The woodland is also home to lots of wildlife. If you arrive early in the morning you may see a roe or muntjac deer. A site at nearby Stokenchurch was chosen as the first release point for red kites in 1989. The Chilterns were deemed to be the perfect habitat for re-establishing these birds of prey and this woodland is no exception. You will frequently see or hear one of these beautiful birds as they glide overhead.

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 excellent variety of village shops.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Matt Marples.

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.

  • Price: £29,000 Freehold
  • Location: Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Size: About 2 acres for sale


The boundaries are indicated by orange markings on trees and boundary stakes. The southern and western boundary are the stone track whilst the northern and eastern are marked with stakes.

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Local manager

matt Matt Marples
07979 755 118

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OS Landranger: OS No 165
Grid ref: SU 776 954
Nearest post code: HP14 3XJ



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


The boundaries are indicated by orange markings on trees and boundary stakes. The southern and western boundary are the stone track whilst the northern and eastern are marked with stakes.

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