SOLD: Drake Wood £95,000 Freehold


Drake Wood is a fantastic wood for a new owner seeking the opportunity to manage a young mixed broadleaf and conifer plantation. The wood also includes a smaller compartment of established broadleaf and mature larch, where bluebells and wood anemone flourish in the spring. Heather, foxgloves, gorse and willowherb are also found in Drake Wood.

The young mixed broadleaf plantation in the south of the wood includes oak, birch, sweet chestnut, hornbeam, hazel, field maple, ash and cherry. You will also find naturally regenerating larch. Mature oaks line the western boundary. A private walk path has been created allowing an owner to access the interior of the wood. There is also a clearing which catches the late afternoon sun perfectly, where a bench has been installed.

The north compartment of Drake Wood includes mature mixed broadleaves (mainly sweet chestnut and an area of birch to the north east, as well as some cherry, field maple, mountain ash and sycamore) together with some mature larch / oak.

Drake Wood has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. Sparrow hawks, buzzards, great and lesser spotted woodpeckers and lesser redpoll have been recorded in the area.

There are two separate entrances providing access to Drake Wood. The first of which is a single metal gate which provides a right of way along the entire west boundary of the wood. The second entrance is via the double metal gates and this leads to the ridestop entrance for Drake Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within Drake Wood. Beyond the ridestop entrance, the original logging track provides an internal access route for a suitable vehicle along the southern part of the wood. There is a generous timber storage area which is shared with the other owners just inside the main entrance gates.

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

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 Drake 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 our Professional Adviser Prof. 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 Drake Wood.

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

Drake Wood has recently been named after Sir Francis Drake - explorer of the Elizabethan era.

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.

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.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 819 514
  • Nearest post code: ME17 3GZ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.233, 0.604208

Location map


Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code ME17 3GZ. This will take you to within approx. ⅓ mile of Abbey Wood North as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Drake Wood off Gravelly Bottom Road are: N51.232004, E0.604416. 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 3 single metal gates until you reach the double metal gates on the left-hand side with ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it (being sure to leave at least one of them accessible).
  • Walk round the main gates, down the stoned track approx. 30 meters and Drake Wood is in front of you / to the left with its boundaries marked in MAUVE. Here you will find the ride stop entrance, together with the Drake 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.

An ancient replanted wood featuring a young mixed plantation and a smaller compartment of established broadleaf and mature larch.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]