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SOLD: Clip Wood £99,000 Freehold

Description

Clip Wood is on the Kent / East Sussex border, situated about 2 ½ miles southwest from the village of Lamberhurst. It is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is part of a larger woodland known as Skents Wood. There are no public footpaths in or adjoining the wood. Clip Wood is a mixed broadleaf wood, featuring some splendid mature oaks. There are two seasonal streams in the wood which merge near the north boundary. Bluebells flourish in spring and there are glades which would make wonderful spots for private family camping. A rustic style bench has been installed in a clearing amongst mature chestnut standards.

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

Clip Wood features a fantastic mix of broadleaves – birch, hazel, occasional sweet chestnut, ash and mountain ash, holly, wild cherry, scattered mature oak standards and patches of alder along seasonal stream edges. There is a woodbank along the north boundary (which sits 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. There is a small, isolated clump of laurel in the southwest of wood which should be controlled or removed, so as to prevent spread. 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.

Clip 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 Clip 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.

Wildlife

This wood is clearly packed with wildlife. There are abundant animal tracks within the wood and evidence of setts and burrows on the ground. Muntjac, roe and fallow deer have been recorded in the vicinity of the woodland.

Features

  • An attractive seasonal stream.
  • A rustic bench set in a clearing amongst the hazel and bluebells.
  • An ancient semi-natural mixed woodland within the High Weald AONB.
  • Mixed broadleaves and mature oak standards.
  • Extremely private.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Clip 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 Clip 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 Clip Wood will be asked to enter a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the wood.

Activities

Owning a wood is a great 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 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 Clip 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 Clip 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 Clip Wood.

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. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 648 357
  • Nearest post code: TN3 8LR
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0972, 0.353112

Location map

Directions

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 Clip Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the gate leading to Clip 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 and 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 right. The entrance to Clip Wood is on the left-hand side of this track with its boundaries marked in BLUE.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code TN3 8LR 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.

A delightful ancient mixed broadleaf woodland with oak, birch, hazel and chestnut, a pretty seasonal stream and field views to the north.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]