Clydesdale Wood £85,000 Freehold
- Detling, near Maidstone, Kent
- 5 ¾ acres
- South East England
The ride stop entrance to Clydesdale Wood
Broadleaves by the east boundary
Young chestnut coppice
Mature oak standard
A private walk track to the bench
The rustic bench in a private clearing
Inside the east boundary
The post line boundary on the north side (Clydesdale Wood to the left)
Old ash stump
Twisted birch - would make an interesting walking stick
The stoned track leading to the wood entrance
Chestnut coppice stool
A pollarded chestnut
Clydesdale Wood is a manageable sweet chestnut coppiced woodland. It has great access off a quiet country lane and a stoned track leads to the wood itself. A convenient timber stacking area by the main gates will be shared with other woodland owners here.
A wooden bench has been situated in an extremely private small clearing in the wood. Here a new owner can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, away from the trappings of modern life.
Clydesdale Wood is situated about 5 miles north-east of Maidstone in Kent. It is within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is part of a larger woodland known as Newlands Wood. The whole woodland is within a Kent Wildlife Trust Local Wildlife Site (download the citation and map from here). Privately owned woodlands are to the north, west and south and with paddocks to the east of Clydesdale Wood.
It is worth noting that woodland owners may be able to get relief from Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. More information on this can be found here. There may be adjacent woodland available here. If this is of interest, please contact the area managers for this region - [email protected]
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.
Clydesdale Wood comprises sweet chestnut coppice, with ash, hazel, willow, hornbeam, birch, holly and oak. The chestnut was last coppiced between 2015 and 2018, therefore will be at full maturity in 10 – 12 years’ time. There are some small pockets of mature sweet chestnut, and the occasional mature ash. Some ash near the ride stop entrance was recently cut and stacked. This will season well and provide firewood for a wood burner. In the coming years this woodland has enormous potential to provide a steady and sustainable supply of excellent firewood.
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 wood could be used for green wood working - working with unseasoned wood to make walking sticks, wooden mallets, door stops, spoons – or for the more ambitious, chairs! The practice of making chairs from green wood is known as bodging.
Clydesdale 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 a draft Management Plan for Newlands Wood (of which Clydesdale Wood is a part) – details of this are available upon request. It is noted in management plan that stands are generally well stocked; the chestnut is of good quality, and they would lend themselves to management on a relatively short rotation, providing timber for either commercial or private use.
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 semi-natural mixed woodland within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Good quality chestnut coppice providing a lifetime supply of firewood.
- Great access and a convenient shared timber stacking area to facilitate the management of the wood.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access to Clydesdale Wood is via double metal gates off Court Lane (an owner will be provided a key for this locked gate). A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to Clydesdale Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within the wood itself.
There are no public footpaths within the wood. The North Downs Way is accessible approx. 1 mile from the wood.
Rights and covenants
The wood is sold with the sporting rights.
The owner of Clydesdale Wood will be asked to enter a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the wood.
For anyone looking for a bolthole to escape modern life, Clydesdale Wood offers an easily manageable woodland ideal for the family woodland owner. Family camping, making dens, building campfires, bushcraft, small scale timber production are all activities that could be enjoyed in the woodland. The simple act of spending time in a wood you own is relaxing. Away from the toil of everyday life it is easy just to sit and be calm. Woods grow slowly, there is no rush.
Local area and history
It seems likely that what would have originally been an 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).
The wood is approx. 1 mile from the Kent Showground, home to the annual Kent County Show. Held in July, this well-established show includes animals, horses, vintage vehicles and retail stands for a celebration of the best in the county. Maidstone is approximately 5 miles south-west of the wood.
The boundaries of the wood are indicated with BLUE markings.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 188
- Grid ref: TQ 806 606
- Nearest post code: ME14 3HF
- GPS coordinates: 51.3159, 0.590239
Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code ME14 3HF. This will take you to within approx. 0.5 miles of the main entrance gates to Newlands Wood (of which Clydesdale Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main gates leading to Clydesdale Wood (off Court Lane) are: N51.313599, E0.584996. To find the wood follow the instructions below.
- Leave the M20 at Junction 7 head north on the A249, Detling Hill / Sittingbourne Road.
- Pass under the pedestrian bridge (Jade’s Bridge) and after approx. 0.5 mile take the right turn onto Scragged Oak Road.
- Continue for approx. 1 mile (past the Kent Showground) until you reach Court Lane on your left. Turn down this road and continue for approx.350 meters.
- You will reach a set of double metal gates on the right-hand side with a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it.
Once you arrive at the gates:
- Park in front of the metal gates (leaving space for people to get in and out the gates) and walk round the side of the gate and up the track.
- Follow the main track approx. 625 meters (you will pass 2 tracks on the right but stay on the main track). The ride stop entrance to Clydesdale Wood is on the right-hand side of the main track with its boundaries marked in BLUE.
- Sat Nav note: The post code ME14 3HF 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.