Meades Wood £55,000 Freehold
- Broomfield, Maidstone, Kent
- about 3 acres
- South East England
Entrance off Hospital road
looking up to the wester red cedar
clearing turning area
path to first level
western red cedar
looking down into sand pit
bench in cedar
Scots pine bark
open ground under the canopy
white of birch
Scots pine in WRC
chestnut coppice in background
Scots hiding in WRC
A pretty woodland with lots of features, plenty of bluebells and interesting hills and valleys, close to Maidstone and just off the A20 giving ready access. Although positioned between the M20 and A20 there's much to enjoy in this woodland.
On the higher parts there is chestnut coppice with sycamore and silver birch, running down the north eastern side is pure large chestnut coppice, a really useful resource. Running down the centre in a northerly line is western red cedar with beautiful dark green branching, the leaves being flat in the form of sprays. Several old Scots pine sit alongside these: we don't often see Scots this big as they are usually harvested at a smaller size. Both western red cedar and Scots pine have very characteristic bark.
Despite its location there's a surprising range of wildlife, this wood and others nearby are designated as a local wildlife site, and whilst this does not confer any public access it does highlight the value for wildlife and conservation. Click here for details LWS .
Meades contains remarkable topography, and might be ideal for a personal downhill mountain bike training site. Long runs zigzagging down through the trees could be made. Although not incuded in the sale it might be possible to rent the sandpit, which would add a dramatic finish to any downhill run.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access is directly off Hospital Road with an interal track and parking area. A path leads up to the higher parts. The wood is private, there are no public footpaths. Walking through the wood is easy.
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.
For those not wishing to plunge downhill on a bike, the wood is on free-draining sand so would be perfect for year-round woodland and forestry activities.
Local area and history
Meades Wood is in what were the lands of the Leeds Castle Estate, now in private ownership much of the forested land having been separated from the estate.
These are shown by mauve markings on trees, free-standing posts or fences.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 148
- Grid ref: TQ 840 535
- Nearest post code: ME17 1PZ
- GPS coordinates: 51.2515, 0.636449
Meades Wood at Leeds Castle is about 10 mins east of Maidstone and 2 miles west of Harrietsham.
1. Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the ridestop entrance are already entered) and click on the "Go" box to get your route.
2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is ME17 1PZ on the A20 as shown by the red dot on the maps.
Park in Hospital Road just by the ridestop entrance.
Coordinates are 51.252071, 0.636063
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.