Peace, traquility and remoteness: Beechbank Wood is set in one of the most extensive and biodiverse wooded areas in the southeast of England.
The boundaries enclose a valley where beech, oak, chestnut and yew spread up the gentle slopes from a central access track running along the valley bottom.
Resting on the rustic bench, listening to the bird song, the rustle of wind in the tree tops, and looking round at the different trees it's easy to feel in a world of your own.
Most of the yew is up on the eastern ridge, and as yew woodland is typically found on chalk, it has become established here where the chalks soils are free draining and also liked by the beech.
In spring the extensive bluebells contrast with the vivid greens of early leaf emergence. Some of the beech trees are very old and nearing the end of their active lives and are now at a stage where they are providing homes for the many invertebrates and fungi feeding on decaying wood.
Historically, trees have been pollarded to show boundary locations, and these are in evidence here. The coppice is both chestnut and hornbeam which can be found on the southern and western boundaries.
Around Canterbury, much of the land is covered by very extensive areas of woodland. Looking in a south-west direction down from high on Chartham Downs, you can see spread out below the huge forest areas including Denge, Pennypot, Eggringe, Capel and several other smaller woodlands - in total some eight square kilometres of semi-natural ancient woodland.
An assessment of the high conservation value of these woods is described in the SNCI citation, (a site of nature conservation interest), CLICK HERE, for full details. The quality of the landscape is described by the Kent Downs AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) designation.
Garlinge village name derivation is obscure but may be Old English from Geon-ling (gren-hlinc), meaning green lynch, (green hill or green bank) evolving through Grenling, Grelinge or Gerlinge, Grellnch, Garlyng and Garlings to its present form.
Access to the ridestop entrance on the eastern boundary of Beechbank Wood is over ½ mile along a private forest track, A-B on the plan, although a fair distance it is a very pleasant walk. There is a full right of way in perpetuity, from the public highway in Garlinge Green.
Printout large location map HERE
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.
These are shown by orange markings.
You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.
Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.
OS Landranger: OS No 179
Grid ref: TR 103 514
Nearest post code: CT4 5RT
Beechbank Wood is just 5 miles south west of Canterbury and 12 miles north east of Ashford.
1 Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, the coordinates for Garlinge Green are already entered.
2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is CT4 5RT shown as a red dot on the location plans. The coordinates for your satnav are N 51.232875, E 1.025083.
These will take you to the grass triangle at the centre of Garlinge Green with its red phone box. Park here then, using download plans ;
These are shown by orange markings.
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 his or her 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.
All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.
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.