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SOLD: Bight Wood £159,000 Freehold

Description

Bight Wood is an ancient woodland situated close to Brighton. It is part of a larger wood known as Rushfield Park Wood. Featuring an attractive perennial stream, the wood is packed with character and wildlife. There is evidence of bluebells in some of the natural clearings within the wood. Ferns, sedges, and moss also feature alongside the stream. The wood has great access via stoned tracks - and benefits from its proximity to the shared timber stacking area. There are no public footpaths through or adjoining Bight Wood. Despite being situated by the A281, the wood slopes gently east to the stream and retains a strong sense of privacy. A clearing has been created and a rustic bench installed where an owner can sit and listen to the gentle trickling of the stream. A couple of sturdy footbridges allow easy access over the stream to the east of the wood. Bight Wood falls within the boundary of the South Downs National Park.

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

Bight Wood is a mixed plantation featuring a diverse mix of conifer and broadleaf species. The western red cedar found throughout the wood was planted approx. 60 years ago. The mixed broadleaf includes many mature oaks (estimated as approx. 30% of the wood), as well as hornbeam, ash, hazel, field maple, birch, holly and hawthorn. It is noted on the management plan that some of the trees here are classified as veteran trees. There is a minor component of ash with Chalara which should be removed when undertaking any thinning. A draft woodland management plan for Rushfield Park Wood (of which Bight Wood is a part) is available upon request.

Bight Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

Wildlife

Great spotted and green woodpeckers, nuthatch, tawny owls, sparrowhawks and buzzards have been recorded in the area. There is plenty of opportunity to enhance the habitat for wildlife here, from the simple provision of bird and bat boxes to the management of the tree cover and ground flora. Deer have also been seen within the wood, no doubt making use of the fresh water supply.

Features

- An ancient mixed woodland within the South Downs National Park.

- An attractive stream running through the wood with two footbridges.

- A private track leading to a natural clearing and a rustic bench.

- A wide variety of species of varying age classes.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Bight Wood is via a single wooden gate off the A281. A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to the wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within Bight Wood.

There is an existing internal track through the middle of the wood.

There are no public rights of way within or abutting Bight Wood.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

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.

Activities

From camping privately with friends and family; to managing the woodland for wildlife; to digging out a small pond along the stream, there is lots on offer at Bight Wood. A new owner may decide to thin out the conifer and restore the wood to a native ancient woodland by planting more broadleaf species.

Local area and history

The Devil’s Dyke (a National Trust beauty spot) is less then 3 miles away and provides access to one of the countries National Trails The South Dows Way. A funicular railway once ran from the Devil’s Dyke to the village of Poynings. The village of Poynings is approx. 1 mile away where you will find the recently refurbished Royal Oak Pub. Less than half a mile from Rushfield Park Wood is the award winning Rushfield Farm Shop and garden centre. Brighton is approximately 7 miles from Bight Wood.

One of the previous owners of Rushfield Park Wood, a Mr Sidney Tidy (who was President of Brighton Scouts at the time) gifted 23 acres of the wood to the north to the Scouts. This is still used as a Scout ground to this day.

Bight Wood has been named after a type of knot – in homage to the Scout Association.

Wood maps

Wood map

Boundaries

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with BLUE markings.

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. 198
  • Grid ref: TQ 261 134
  • Nearest post code: BN45 7AZ
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9065, -0.206768

Location map

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code BN45 7AZ. This will take you practically opposite the main entrance of Rushfield Park Wood as shown by the red dot on the map.

Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Bight Wood off the A281 are: N50.905756, W-0.207554

To find the wood follow the instructions below.

From Brighton:

  • Follow the A23 London Road north out of Brighton.
  • Take the A281 exit from A23 - signposted Henfield A281 and Services.
  • At the first roundabout by the garage, continue straight onto West Rd / A281.
  • At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A281.
  • Continue past Rushfields Plant Centre and Farm Shop on your right.
  • Approx. 400 meters on your right-hand side is the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood.


Towards Brighton:

  • Travelling south on the A23, take the exit signposted Hassocks A273.
  • Once you have exited the A23 follow the signs to Henfield / Newtimber A281. This will take you back over the A23 and back onto the A23 briefly before exiting onto the A281 - signposted Henfield A281 and Services.
  • At the first roundabout by the garage, continue straight onto West Rd / A281.
  • At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A281.
  • Continue past Rushfields Plant Centre and Farm Shop on your right.
  • Approx. 400 meters on your right-hand side is the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood.

At the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood:

  • The gate has a large ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign either side of it. Park here, ensuring there is space for the gate to be accessed.
  • Walk round the gate, down the stoned track approx. 30 meters and take the track to the left. This leads to the ride stop entrance to Bight Wood, together with the Bight Wood sign, with its boundaries marked in BLUE.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code BN45 7AZ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.

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 charming ancient mixed woodland with an attractive stream, located within the South Downs National Park and close to the coast.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]