Byrd Wood £95,000 Freehold


Level and easily accessed from the country lane, Byrd Wood is an ancient woodland featuring chestnut coppice with the occasional oak standard. Amongst the chestnut other broadleaf species are found, including mountain ash, birch, hawthorn, holly and hazel. A rustic style bench has been installed in a small clearing by a mature oak tree, a short walk from the ride stop entrance. To the north of Byrd Wood is Bering Wood (8 acres - currently available for sale).

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.


This chestnut coppice wood features the occasional oak standard. The wood is in two sperate coppice rotations - the west side of Byrd Wood will be ready for cutting in approx. 13 years, and the east side of the wood in approx. 7 years. Of course, it will conveniently regrow. It is worth noting that Woodlands.co.uk offer £300 towards a course for a new owner. This would provide the opportunity to learn the skills required to resume coppicing in the future. The sweet chestnut would provide a good source of firewood, or durable timber for making posts. Alternatively, an owner could encourage a more varied and diverse wood to develop by ‘singling’ the chestnut and planting mixed native broadleaves. You can read more about this in our blog.

The oaks may benefit from halo thinning, by felling a few trees immediately adjacent to them to allow more light to reach the main crown. Other species found include mountain ash, birch, hawthorn, holly and hazel.

Byrd Wood has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.


Crossbills, sparrow hawks, buzzards, kestrels, green and great spotted woodpeckers, nightjar, redstart, spotted flycatcher and wood warbler have been recorded in the King’s Wood and Abbey Wood area.


We are fortunate to have two useful studies, which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Abbey Woods (of which Byrd Wood is a part) as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. 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. We also have a report from Julian Evans, author of “Getting Started in a Wood of Your Own”. The report covers the wider area of Abbey Woods and again, advice is not compulsory. Please bear in mind that not everything in either of them applies to the particular area of Abbey Woods which is Byrd Wood.

Byrd Wood is also part of a larger Local Wildlife Site - you can find out more about this here.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Byrd Wood is via a single metal gate off the country road in the southeast of the wood. A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to the wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within Byrd Wood. There is a second gate entrance on the southwest corner of the wood. This leads to a public footpath running north - south just inside the west boundary of Byrd Wood. This track also provides a second right of way for Bering Wood (the main entrance for Bering Wood is also through the southeast gate).

Woodlands have granted permission for local walkers to use the established track in the south of Byrd Wood noted as a ‘permissive path’ on the map.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.


As well as managing a coppice Wood, Bering Wood provides the opportunity for a new owner to learn and practice green woodworking - such as bodging!

Local area and history

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Byrd Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 1/5 miles nearby.

Byrd Wood has been named after Richard Byrd – an American naval officer and explorer who claimed to be the first to reach the north and south poles by air.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with RED markings.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 816 513
  • Nearest post code: ME17 3GZ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.2326, 0.600317

Location map


Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code ME17 3GZ. This will take you to within approx. two hundred meters of Abbey Wood North as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Byrd Wood off Gravelly Bottom Road are: N51.231798, E0.600684. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • From the M20 Junction 8 head east along the A20 towards Leeds Castle.
  • After approx. 1/3 mile turn right at the roundabout onto the B2163 (signposted Leeds Castle). Follow this road approx. 2 miles through Leeds and Langley.
  • In Langley take the 2nd turning on the left onto Ulcombe Road. The post code will take you to this road.
  • Once on Ulcombe Road, drive approx. 300 meters until you reach a fork in the road. Take the road to the left – Gravelly Bottom Road.
  • Continue past the first single metal gate on the left-hand side until you reach the second metal gate (also on the left-hand side) with ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it. There is a passing place opposite this gate where you can pull in and park off the road.
  • Walk round the gate, down the stoned track approx. 100 meters and Byrd Wood is to the left with its boundaries marked in RED. Here you will find the ride stop entrance, together with the Byrd Wood sign.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code ME17 3GZ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot which is further west back along Ulcombe Road.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

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.

The manageable size and great access make this wood an attractive opportunity for a new owner looking for a chestnut coppice woodland.

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Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]