SOLD: Loop Wood £119,000 Freehold


Loop Wood is an ancient woodland located within the South Downs National Park and situated close to Brighton. It is part of a larger wood known as Rushfield Park Wood. Featuring an attractive perennial stream, the wood is packed with character and wildlife. The wood slopes gently west to the stream where ferns, sedges, and mosses are found. A rustic bench has been installed in a large grassy clearing where an owner can sit and enjoy the woods surrounding them on all sides. Loop Wood has great access via a stoned track and there is a private track through the wood allowing for great access. There are no public footpaths through or adjoining Loop Wood.

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.


Loop Wood is a mixed woodland featuring a diverse mix of conifer and broadleaf species. The northern compartment is predominantly western red cedar which was planted approx. 60 years ago. There is an occasional mature oak within this compartment. The oaks would benefit from halo thinning the cedar around them. The middle compartment of Loop Wood is an open mixed broadleaved woodland. Mature oak approx. 100 years old feature, with a younger understorey of ash, hornbeam, field maple, hazel and hawthorn. There are dense ash natural regeneration seedlings below. This compartment could be managed as coppice. The southern compartment comprises mature poplars (approx. 60 years old). The understorey includes ash, hazel, hawthorn and field maple. This is a wet area by the stream which provides a stunning display of yellow poplar leaves in the autumn. There is a minor component of ash with Chalara which should be removed when undertaking any thinning. A draft woodland management plan for Rushfield Park Wood (of which Loop Wood is a part) is available upon request.

Loop Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.


Great spotted and green woodpeckers, nuthatch, tawny owls, sparrowhawks and buzzards have been recorded in the area. 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. Deer have also been seen within the wood, no doubt making use of the fresh water supply.


- An ancient mixed woodland within the South Downs National Park.

- An attractive stream running through the southern compartment of the wood.

- A private track leading to a large grassy clearing and a rustic bench.

- A wide variety of species of varying age classes.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Loop Wood is via a single wooden gate off the A281. A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to the wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within Loop Wood.

There is an existing internal track through the middle of the wood.

There are no public rights of way within or abutting Loop Wood.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

The owner of Loop Wood will be asked to enter a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the wood.


For those seeking relaxation, this wood could be ideal for private forest bathing. This Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way. Or alternatively why not set up a private camp for overnight stays, or simply come for a relaxing day out and picnic within the trees, or see what birds can be spotted in the woods?

Local area and history

The Devil’s Dyke (a National Trust beauty spot) is less then 3 miles away and provides access to one of the countries National Trails The South Dows Way. A funicular railway once ran from the Devil’s Dyke to the village of Poynings. The village of Poynings is approx. 1 mile away where you will find the recently refurbished Royal Oak Pub. Less than half a mile from Rushfield Park Wood is the award winning Rushfield Farm Shop and garden centre. Brighton is approximately 7 miles from Loop Wood.

One of the previous owners of Rushfield Park Wood, a Mr Sidney Tidy (who was President of Brighton Scouts at the time) gifted 23 acres of the wood to the north to the Scouts. This is still used as a Scout ground to this day.

Loop Wood has been named after a type of knot – in homage to the Scout Association.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with ORANGE markings.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 198
  • Grid ref: TQ 263 134
  • Nearest post code: BN45 7AZ
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9058, -0.202953

Location map


Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code BN45 7AZ. This will take you practically opposite the main entrance of Rushfield Park Wood as shown by the red dot on the map.

Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Loop Wood off the A281 are: N50.905756, W-0.207554

To find the wood follow the instructions below.

From Brighton:

  • Follow the A23 London Road north out of Brighton.
  • Take the A281 exit from A23 - signposted Henfield A281 and Services.
  • At the first roundabout by the garage, continue straight onto West Rd / A281.
  • At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A281.
  • Continue past Rushfields Plant Centre and Farm Shop on your right.
  • Approx. 400 meters on your right-hand side is the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood.

Towards Brighton:

  • Travelling south on the A23, take the exit signposted Hassocks A273.
  • Once you have exited the A23 follow the signs to Henfield / Newtimber A281. This will take you back over the A23 and back onto the A23 briefly before exiting onto the A281 - signposted Henfield A281 and Services.
  • At the first roundabout by the garage, continue straight onto West Rd / A281.
  • At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A281.
  • Continue past Rushfields Plant Centre and Farm Shop on your right.
  • Approx. 400 meters on your right-hand side is the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood.

At the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood:

  • The gate has a large ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign either side of it. Park here, ensuring there is space for the gate to be accessed.
  • Walk round the gate, down the stoned track approx. 250 meters. This leads to the ride stop entrance to Loop Wood on the right-hand side, together with the Loop Wood sign, with its boundaries marked in ORANGE.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code BN45 7AZ 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 two woodland books

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 mixed ancient woodland packed with character - featuring an attractive grassy clearing and stream.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]