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SOLD: Cast Wood £95,000 Freehold

Description

What a delight to find a wood with a stream as a central feature. The stream valley sides are fertile ground for many wildflowers and from the evidence of animal tracks in the wood, deer and other wildlife clearly find this a great place to visit. This is such a quiet and peaceful wood, with oaks, both young and old as well as Scots pine, birch, chestnut, hornbeam, willow and alder. A bench has been installed in the northwest of the wood, a sunny spot to sit and enjoy the tranquillity. There is an old disused track running through the wood (north-south) which passes over the stream where a footbridge has been installed. There is a ride-stop on the southwest corner of the wood, with space to pull a vehicle in off the track. Back inside the locked entrance gate, along the southern side of the wood, there is a timber stacking area which is shared with other owners.

Here is a wood so quiet and peaceful it is easy to be tempted to just to sit and enjoy it. On the east side of the wood is an large pond. This is currently quite derelict and offers a fantastic opportunity for a restoration project. De-silting the pond and clearing the vegetation would help rejuvenate this wonderful feature of the wood. Ancient woodland indicators such as hard ferns, dog’s mercury, primrose and bluebells are found on the forest floor. These help confirm the ancient status of the woodland. The soil is clay over sandstone.

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

Cast Wood comprises 2 separate compartments – to the west side of the wood there is a mixed broadleaf / conifer plantation featuring Scots pine and oaks. Selective thinning would benefit the oaks allowing them to thrive. The east side of the wood is a mixed broadleaf coppice with scrub – here oaks, hornbeam, chestnut, birch, willow and alder are found. Cast Wood has been designated by Natural England as partly PAWS (Planting on an Ancient Woodland Site) – the west side of the wood; and partly ASNW (Ancient semi-natural woodland)- the east side of the wood. This land has been wooded for centuries (since at least 1600AD), so in the seed bed there are probably many wild flowers and mosses from former times which will often pop up if any direct sunlight reaches them.

Wildlife

Surrounded with woodlands and with a constant supply of natural water, Cast Wood is abundant with wildlife. Deer have been seen within the wood and great spotted and green woodpeckers, nuthatch, sparrowhawks and buzzards have also been recorded in the area.

Features

- An attractive mixed ancient woodland featuring a stream

- A large pond (potential restoration project)

- Extremely tranquil and private

- Stunning bluebells in the spring

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Cast Wood is via a single locked wooden gate off Lakehurst Lane. The track to Cast Wood is approx. 120 meters A ride stop entrance has been installed and here owners are able to drive in and park a car within Cast Wood.

There are no public rights of way within Cast Wood. The track from the end of the tarmac lane to the gate (and beyond) is a byway.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

The owner of Cast Wood will be asked to enter a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the wood.

Activities

This exceptionally private woodland is the perfect spot for camping with family and friends. The woodland offers a fantastic opportunity for an owner to restore the pond. Being a manageable size and incredibly varied, this wood would be perfect for someone keen to learn all about ancient woodland management.

Local area and history

Cast Wood is part of a larger wood known as Andersons Wood. It is within a lovely unspoilt rural area of Ancient Woodland and is situated within the High Weald AONB. This area was closely associated with the Wealden iron industry in Ashburnham in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Probably the hornbeam and chestnut coppice here was cut regularly to supply charcoal for the furnaces nearby. The iron industry is completely gone now, and only silent ghosts remain.

Approx. 12 miles from the south coast, the towns of Bexhill and Hastings are within easy reach. The historic town of Battle is approx. 10 miles away.

Wood maps

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

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. 199
  • Grid ref: TQ 683 172
  • Nearest post code: TN33 9PG
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9302, 0.394292

Location map

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code TN33 9PG. This will take you less then 200m south of the main entrance gate to the track entrance leading off Lakehurst Lane, as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Cast Wood are: N50.929959, E0.395763. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • From Woods Corner on the B2096 road, take the road going south by the Swan Inn, this is South Lane signposted to Bodle Street Green.
  • Keeping left onto Herring’s Road, after about 1 1/3 miles just after Herrings Farm, turn left into Lakehurst Lane. This is a winding narrow lane with only a few passing places, please drive slowly.
  • After about 1 ¼ miles along Lakehurst Lane you will reach the end of the tarmac lane, and at that point, turn right onto a stoned track.
  • After about 200 meters you will reach a wooden gate on your right, where there is space to park. Please be sure not to park on the lane or block the entrance.
  • Walk up the stone track and after about 120 meters from the lane entrance gate you will reach the ride stop entrance to Cast Wood on your right.

  • Sat Nav note: The post code TN33 9PG 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 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.

An attractive ancient mixed woodland featuring a stream and a large pond.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]