SOLD: Heathgate Wood £140,000 Freehold


Heathgate Wood is packed with interest and perfect for exploring at all levels. Mature oak is the backbone, spread throughout along with the chestnut coppice below. Look up through the chestnut and birch to see the large-limbed king of trees high above. About 20 years ago some of the oak was harvested, most of the limbs were left in the wood and now provide a considerable store of dried firewood.

The old maps from 1897 up until the 1912 map show buildings at the north of the wood, see map 3. There is an old mahole (shallow) still identifiable. Part of the site to the north was used for local landfill in the 1970's by Arundel Borough Council where any liabilty still remains and will do in the future.


A good variety of mature oak, young and old chesnut coppice, yew, silver birch, hazel and hawthorn.


The whole forested area at Tortington is designated as a LWS (local wildlfie site) and the description (citation) and map can be seen by clicking HERE LWS This describes some of the nature found in Heathgate Wood which is classified as ancient and semi-natural woodland. Many of the woodland flowers typical of ancient woodland are found here. There is also holly which provides shelter, privacy and cover throughout the year. This area is also part of the South Downs National Park, designated because of its special landscape and wildlife quality.

Bluebells abound in the spring, contrasting with the pretty white flowers of wood anenome, also known as wind flower after Greek god of wind (Anemos).

The rather intrguing plant, butchers broom is present. Click on the link for info.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is directy off Tortington Lane a public highway, through the red metal gate,

Rights and covenants

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.

Local area and history

Nearby is the site of the medieval Augustinian priory and its associated church with an ancient chancel arch and doorway showing remarkable carvings with "grotesque, boggle-eyed monsters", rare beakhead figures and chevron ornamentation. Ellis de Cheyney acquired the Tortington manor in 1295 - it having been a 'gift' by William the Conqueror to Earl Roger de Montgomery. Subsequently passing through several families, the lands, farms and priory ruins were taken over in the late 1800s by the Duke of Norfolk for his Arundel Estate.

A Historic England Report outlines evidence of a Roman road running through Tortington Woods – this report is available here (see page 68-71).


CLICK HERE for better quality maps to print out. Click HERE to see free OS maps scroll out for a wider view.

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. 197
  • Grid ref: TQ 001 070
  • Nearest post code: BN18 0UX
  • GPS coordinates: 50.8544, -0.579002

Location map


Heathgate Wood is just 2 miles west of Arundel and 10 miles east of Chichester off the A27.

1. Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the main entrance gate is already entered) and click on the "Directions" box then "To Here" add your postcode or town then "GO". This will take you to the red metal gate, please park opposite in the 'layby'.

2. For Satnav: the best postcode is BN18 0UX as shown by the red dot on the maps.

Coordinates for your Satnav are N50.854263, W0.577913

3. Locate the A27 Chichester to Arundel road.

  • From Arundel travel up the long hill
  • and at the top look out for the left turn, signed Tortington, between two houses and opposite the White Swan Inn
  • turn down here and almost immediately take the left fork where there is a 'for sale' sign on the tree ahead
  • continue down Tortington Lane
  • Heathgate Wood is on the right where there is a 'for sale' sign and a red gate
  • park in the layby on the left
  • to enter either cllimb the gate or squeeze round the post on the right side.

From Chichester take the right turn a little way after the dual carriageway ends.

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.

Convenient, wildlife-rich broadleaved woodland full of wildflowers.

Managed by Richard Scholfield

Telephone: 07811 818 277

Email: [email protected]