Birchets Wood £135,000 Freehold
- Hook Green, near Lamberhurst, East Sussex / Kent border
- 7 ½ acres
- South East England
Private walk track inside the wood
The rustic bench in Birchets Wood
The ride stop entrance to Birchets Wood
Bluebells emerging in early Spring
The stunning view to the west
Bracken on the forest floor
Private walk track in Birchets Wood
Hard fern - an ancient woodland indicator
This woodland has the variety and interest of many a larger wood. There is a mix of mature broadleaf species and hidden clearings from which to enjoy the woodland environment surrounded by other privately owned woodland, and open fields to the north and west. Private and tranquil, it is easy to feel totally immersed in nature. There are no public footpaths in or adjoining the wood. The wood is bursting with wildlife evident by the animal tracks. There are two seasonal streams in the wood which merge near the north boundary. Ancient woodland indicators including bluebells and hard ferns appear in the wood. There are some wonderful grassy mini clearings in the west side of the wood.
It is situated about 2 ½ miles southwest from the village of Lamberhurst, on the East Sussex / Kent border. It is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Birchets Wood is part of a larger woodland known as Skents Wood. A private track runs north-south through the wood and a rustic style bench sits in a clearing amongst mature oaks.
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.
What a fantastic mix of broadleaved species to be found in this wood – mature oak, birch, hazel, ash, alder, willow, beech, as well as the occasional sycamore and mountain ash. There is a woodbank along the north and west boundaries (which sit inside the edge of the wood). Woodbanks and ditches were often used to mark the boundaries of woods and further confirm the ancient status of the woodland.
Birchets Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) by Natural England. This is woodland that has been under constant tree cover since at least 1600AD. It is valued as a rich reserve of biodiversity. There is an approved Management Plan and Felling Licence for Skents Wood (of which Birchets Wood is a part) – details of this are available upon request. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. There are a couple of clumps of laurel in the wood which could be controlled or removed, so as to prevent spread.
The management plan notes that bird species including garden warbler, spotted flycatcher, willow warbler, lesser redpoll, lesser spotted woodpecker and woodcock might be present within the woodland. It is also noted that bat species will be present and will make use of the woodland and open areas within it for foraging. 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. Muntjac, roe and fallow deer have been recorded in the vicinity of the woodland.
- An ancient semi-natural mixed woodland within the High Weald AONB.
- Splendid field views to the west.
- Huge variety of broadleaves including mature oak standards.
- Flat and accessible with a private track through the wood.
- A rustic bench set in a clearing – a perfect spot for family camping.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access to Birchets Wood is via a set of double metal gates off Free Heath Road (an owner will be provided the combination number for these locked gates). A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to Birchets Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within the wood itself.
There are no public footpaths within the wood or adjoining the wood.
Rights and covenants
The wood is sold with the sporting rights.
The owner of Birchets Wood will be asked to enter a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the wood.
For those looking for firewood, the birch may benefit from some thinning to allow more light through to the forest floor. It is a good firewood as because it burns well and produces a moderate amount of heat. It splits fairly easy and dries fast once split. In the coming years this woodland has enormous potential to provide a steady and sustainable supply of excellent firewood.
Alternatively, why not construct a basic wildlife hide or set up wildlife cameras to catch observe and enjoy the wildlife?
Local area and history
The management plan suggests that during the 16th and 17th centuries Skents Wood would have provided important fuel wood for the many iron furnaces then present in the vicinity. It seems likely that what would have originally been oak woodland with hornbeam coppice was converted to mainly sweet chestnut coppice in the late 19th century (as there are not many very large coppice stools in evidence). It is understood that the woodland previously formed part of the Bayham Abbey estate of the Marquess of Camden, which was broken up in the 1990s.
There are a number of important historical sites all within a short distance of Birchets Wood. The English Heritage site of Bayham Abbey is approx. 3 miles north and features ruins dating back to the 13th century. Scotney Castle is approx. 3 miles away – this impressive 14th century moated castle is well worth a visit. For those who love water, Bewl Water is only 4 miles from Birchets Wood and offers various water sports, as well as cycling and fishing. There is a 15th century pub called The Elephants Head in Hook Green, walking distance from Birchets Wood.
The boundaries of the wood are indicated with RED markings.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 188
- Grid ref: TQ 646 357
- Nearest post code: TN3 8LR
- GPS coordinates: 51.0971, 0.350458
Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code TN3 8LR. This will take you approx. 0.7 miles north of the entrance to Skents Wood (of which Birchets Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the gate leading to Birchets Wood (off Free Heath Road) are: N51.090412, E0.354804. To find the wood follow the instructions below.
Heading south on the A21
- Heading south past the exits for Royal Tunbridge Wells and Pembury, continue heading south until you reach the roundabout at Kipping’s Cross.
- Go straight over at Kipping’s Cross and continue straight over at the next roundabout (this is the turning to the BP garage and Burger King).
- After approx. 1 mile take the first turning on the right onto Clay Hill Road - signposted ‘Hook Green’.
- Follow Clay Hill Road approx. 2 miles south to the crossroads in Hook Green (where The Elephants Head pub is).
- Continue straight over the crossroads onto Free Heath Road and follow this for approx. 0.7 mile until you reach a set of double metal gates on the right-hand side with a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on them.
Heading north from Hastings on the A21
- Follow the A21 heading north out of Hastings.
- At Flimwell (about 16 miles from Hastings) stay on the A21 (crossing straight over the B2087) towards Lamberhurst.
- After approx. 3.5 miles you reach a roundabout, take the first exit on to the B2169 (signposted Lamberhurst, Frant and Wadhurst).
- Shortly after, take the first turn left signposted to Frant (and the Brown Trout Pub). This follows the B2169.
- Continue through Lamberhurst Down on the B2169 (Furnace Lane) and once out of the village after about 1 mile, take the first left turn onto Neills Road. After about 1 mile this reaches a crossroad. Take the right turn onto Free Heath Road.
- Continue 0.3 miles until you reach a set of double metal gates on the left-hand side with a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on them.
Once you arrive at the gate:
- Park in front of the double metal gates (to the right-hand side) ensuring there is space for the gates to be accessed by vehicles.
- Walk round the side of the gate and up the track approx. 160 meters to the crossroads.
- At the crossroads in the track turn right and follow the track for approx. 620 meters.
- At the T-junction at the bottom of this track turn left. The entrance to Birchets Wood is on the right-hand side of this track with its boundaries marked in RED.
- Sat Nav note: The post code TN3 8LR is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.
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.