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SOLD: Gainsborough Wood £110,000 Freehold

  • Stokenchurch , High Wycombe , Buckinghamshire
  • about 5 ⅓ acres
  • East Anglia

Description

Gainsborough 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.

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.

Trees

Whilst predominantly beech, Gainsborough 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.

Wildlife

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

Features

In areas the wood is very thick and small private glades could be opened up for camping and other bushcraft activites. It is set on a gentle slope and the mix of both mature and young trees broken with small openings give the woodlander an endless array of opportunities.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A good stone track suitable for most family vehicles leads from the main gate at the highway all the way to the woodland.

A number of small tracks and a footpath crosses the woodland.

Activities

Gainsborough Wood provides the opportunity for a new owner to engage in family forestry. Managing a mixed woodland and learning bushcraft skills is a great way to escape modern life. Camping or building woodland hides and all sorts of other outdoor activities can be done here.

Local area and history

The chair making industry is most probably responsible for this magnificent woodlands survival to this day. Beech is an ideal timber for furniture and has been utilised for hundreds of years. It is not clear when the first Windsor Chairs were made. It is known that, as early as the 16th century, wheelwrights started coping out chair spindles in the same way they made wheel spokes. The design was probably a development of West Country, Welsh and Irish 'stick-back' chairs, but the evidence on origin is not certain. 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. 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. There is speculation that the chair derives its name from the town of Windsor, which became the centre for the trade between the producers and the London dealers. Thus the name "Windsor Chair" is more about the style of chair than where it was made, with many diverse forms of Windsor chair being made worldwide.

Wood maps

Wood map

Boundaries

The boundaries are indicated by red paint markings on trees and boundary stakes. The southern boundary is the stone track edge. The eastern and western boundaries are a line of survey stakes and paint markings on trees. The northern boundary is the wood edge.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 165
  • Grid ref: SU 779 954
  • Nearest post code: HP14 3XJ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.6524, -0.874214

Location map

Directions

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, follow the stoned track into the woodland.
  • After about 80 metres take a new stoned track that branches to the left.
  • Follow this track for 250 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.

An award winning classical Chiltern beech woodland set on gently undulating ground with good access.

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