SOLD: Bowline Wood £185,000 Freehold


Bowline Wood is an ancient woodland situated close to Brighton. It is part of a larger wood known as Rushfield Park Wood. The wood has an enchanted forest feel to it, with some areas of the forest floor being very green and mossy. Bowline Wood is set back away from the road and there are no public footpaths through or adjoining the wood. The 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.


Bowline Wood is a mixed plantation featuring a mix of conifer and broadleaf species. The Norway spruce and Scots pine in the east side of the wood (mainly in the north) are understood to have been planted approx. 60 years ago. The western red cedar found throughout the wood is also approx. 60 years old. There is a minor amount of western hemlock in the west side of the wood, as well as some further Norway spruce. The mixed broadleaf includes mature oaks, as well as hornbeam, ash, hazel, field maple and hawthorn. There is a minor component of ash with Chalara which should be removed when undertaking any thinning. The forest floor is clear from bramble. A draft woodland management plan for Rushfield Park Wood (of which Bowline Wood is a part) is available upon request.

Bowline Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) by Natural England. However, the draft management plan notes that there do appear to be some discrepancies between the situation on the ground and the classifications given on the Ancient Woodland Inventory. The reclassification in the draft management plan designates the west side of the wood as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS). This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.


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.


  • An ancient mixed woodland within the South Downs National Park.
  • A private track leading to a small natural clearing and a bench.
  • A wide variety of species of varying age classes.
  • Sheltered on all sides by ancient woodland.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Bowline 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 Bowline Wood.

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

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

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.


Bowline Wood provides the opportunity for a new owner to learn about woodland management. Practicing bushcraft, spotting birds, camping privately with family and friends or simply immersing in nature – there is lots on offer in this charming wood.

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 Bowline 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.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with MAUVE markings.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 198
  • Grid ref: TQ 263 135
  • Nearest post code: BN45 7AZ
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9077, -0.204703

Location map


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 Bowline 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. 300 meters and Bowline Wood is to the left with its boundaries marked in MAUVE. Here you will find the ride stop entrance, together with the Bowline Wood sign.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code BN45 7AY 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.

An enchanting private mixed woodland of numerous species, located within the South Downs National Park and close to the coast.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]