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Ledge Wood, Kent - 6 ¼ acres, £65,000

Ledge Wood
Ledge Wood
Kent

A varied ancient woodland featuring Corsican pine and chestnut coppice with oak overstory.

Ledge Wood is mainly Corsican pine which was planted in the early 1960s. It has been thinned and grown well and provides a magnificent forest canopy. The pine is ready for thinning, either as a whole, or tree by tree as suits the new owners. The space created by thinning would allow the best trees to thrive and encourage the growth of the broadleaf species found in the understory, including chestnut and oak. Additional native trees could be planted by the owner to increase the woods diversity. The Woodland Trust have lots of information and advice on Ancient Woodland Restoration. Dormant wildflowers are likely to appear in the spring wherever the sunlight is able to reach the ground.

The wood slopes down towards the north east. In this part of the wood there is an area of sweet chestnut coppice with a maturing oak overstory. Here a bench has been installed by a magnificent mature oak. Away from the road, this is a quiet peaceful spot to enjoy the abundant wildlife this wood has to offer. A post line indicates the eastern boundary of the wood, the other side of which is privately owned woodland. An ancient woodbank lies along the west boundary of the wood - part of this woodbank forms the boundary and part of it is within the wood itself. Mature hornbeams are found along the woodbank.

Ledge Wood is located off the Benenden Road and accessed through locked double metal gates. A timber stacking area is shared with the other owners just inside the main entrance gates. The stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance on the southern boundary of Ledge Wood. Here an owner can park their car within the wood itself. Public access within Ledge Wood is minimal in the form of a single public footpath used be the occasional local walker, which runs across the wood from north west to south east.

Natural England designates Ledge Wood ancient woodland – mainly Ancient Replanted Woodland with areas of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland on the west side of the wood and also the north east corner of the wood. This means that the land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

The nearby Wealden village of Biddenden was in the 1300’s part of an important centre for Broadcloth manufacture, with much of the very attractive high street built during this period. The village has a fine church, All Saints, built in the mid to late 1200’s and well worth a visit. There is also the added attraction of Biddenden Vineyard nearby, which in addition to producing some fine wines, is also Kent’s largest cider producer.

The owner of Ledge Wood will have vehicle rights of way along a good stoned track marked on the map marked in green.

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.

Details

  • Price: £65,000 Freehold
  • Location: Biddenden, Kent
  • Size: 6 ¼ acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 189
  • Grid ref: TQ 850 367
  • Nearest post code: TN27 8BY

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with BLUE markings.

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Local manager

ruthandjames Ruth and James Feltham
07812 165081
ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk

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Description

Ledge Wood is mainly Corsican pine which was planted in the early 1960s. It has been thinned and grown well and provides a magnificent forest canopy. The pine is ready for thinning, either as a whole, or tree by tree as suits the new owners. The space created by thinning would allow the best trees to thrive and encourage the growth of the broadleaf species found in the understory, including chestnut and oak. Additional native trees could be planted by the owner to increase the woods diversity. The Woodland Trust have lots of information and advice on Ancient Woodland Restoration. Dormant wildflowers are likely to appear in the spring wherever the sunlight is able to reach the ground.

The wood slopes down towards the north east. In this part of the wood there is an area of sweet chestnut coppice with a maturing oak overstory. Here a bench has been installed by a magnificent mature oak. Away from the road, this is a quiet peaceful spot to enjoy the abundant wildlife this wood has to offer. A post line indicates the eastern boundary of the wood, the other side of which is privately owned woodland. An ancient woodbank lies along the west boundary of the wood - part of this woodbank forms the boundary and part of it is within the wood itself. Mature hornbeams are found along the woodbank.

Ledge Wood is located off the Benenden Road and accessed through locked double metal gates. A timber stacking area is shared with the other owners just inside the main entrance gates. The stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance on the southern boundary of Ledge Wood. Here an owner can park their car within the wood itself. Public access within Ledge Wood is minimal in the form of a single public footpath used be the occasional local walker, which runs across the wood from north west to south east.

Natural England designates Ledge Wood ancient woodland – mainly Ancient Replanted Woodland with areas of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland on the west side of the wood and also the north east corner of the wood. This means that the land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

The nearby Wealden village of Biddenden was in the 1300’s part of an important centre for Broadcloth manufacture, with much of the very attractive high street built during this period. The village has a fine church, All Saints, built in the mid to late 1200’s and well worth a visit. There is also the added attraction of Biddenden Vineyard nearby, which in addition to producing some fine wines, is also Kent’s largest cider producer.

The owner of Ledge Wood will have vehicle rights of way along a good stoned track marked on the map marked in green.

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.

How to find this woodland

You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.

Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 189
Grid ref: TQ 850 367
Nearest post code: TN27 8BY

Maps

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code TN27 8BY. This will take you to within approx. 0.1 miles to the south of the entrance to Goldwell Wood (of which Ledge Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gates leading to the wood off Benenden Road are: N 51.100274, E0.640514. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • From Ashford head south on the A28 for 9 miles until you see a turning right onto the A262 Biddenden Road. Take the turning and continue onto Tenderden Road. Stay on this road until you reach a sharp right bend at Woolpack Corner. Take a left turning here onto the Benenden Road:-

OR

  • From Maidstone take the A229 south then bear left onto the A274 Sutton Road. Follow this road for about 12 miles in which time it becomes the Headcorn Road and the Maidstone Road and Biddenden Road. Go through the village of Biddenden on the A262 then, after about ¾ mile (at Woolpack Corner), continue straight going onto the Benenden Road:-

THEN

  • The double metal gates to Goldwell Wood are about ½ mile along Benenden Road, on your left-hand side.
  • Park here or nearby, but please leave one gate clear.
  • Go around the gates and walk about 150 meters along the stoned track, and you will reach the ride stop entrance to Ledge Wood on your left with its boundaries marked in BLUE.

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with BLUE markings.

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