Pevington Wood £89,000 Freehold
- Smarden, Kent
- about 6 acres
- South East England
entrance ridestop and name sign
eastern boundary stakes
fluting on hornbeam
oak from coppice
low level bramble in open area
mature hornbeam coppice
another view of the pond
west boundary in background with rhododendron
north west tip
Turkey oak showing orange fissures
Pluckley Road sign
roadside entrance gate to main track
Classified as semi-natural ancient woodland within the County Wildlife Site this must surely be one if the best of conservation woodlands; the details of the conservation site can be seen by clicking here CWS . The bluebells in spring are a delight, a display taking advantage of the high light levels before the leaves fully emerge and dowse the wood in shades of green. As with most ancient woodlands it is covered by a woodland tree preservation order, click here for details TPO, though this does not prevent normal forest management when covered by a Forestry Commission approved woodland management plan.
Most are hornbeam, grown from coppice stools. Horn ( = hard like horn) beam (a tree) is dense wood ideal for charcoal but also used in the past for ox yoke, good for coach wheels, lasts, tool handles, carving boards etc.
Over the hornbean will be found standard oak. Some are English oak but many are Turkey oak. The latter area easily identifed from the orange deep in the bark fishures (see photos) their leaves are also much larger than English oak. If it were me I'd favour the English oak.
A small pond is just waiting to be cleared so it can spring back into life.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Parish is Smarden, district is Ashford Borough Council and county is Kent. The access is off Pluckley Road along a forest track. Inside there is a track but the wood is sufficiently open to walk through.
Rights and covenants
The woodland is covered by an article iv click here for details which does remove some permitted development rights but a planning application can be made without charges.
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.
There is a public foot path across the north west corner.
Local area and history
The Victorians were very busy, had lots of money and lots of workers. The Dering Estate spread far and wide, an indication of this can be seen in the local houses, ragstone built with arched windows. They made great effords to lay extensive rides and drives through the woods mostly for their recreation (hunting or carriage driving). Always in straight lines and often radiating from a central point. They were keen on the Turkey oak, fast growing but of little use. During WW11 Italian prisoners of war did much to help the surface drainage forming ditches throughout the woods.
These are shown by mauve markings, and are:
- east and north - free standing posts
- west is the edge of the track with the Woodland Trust wood, this is overgrown with rhododendron and can only be seen at the start and end
- south is the wood side of the track where there are mauve markings on trees
Find this wood
- Grid ref: TQ 904 439
- Nearest post code: TN27 8RE
- GPS coordinates: 51.163, 0.722294
Pevington Wood between Pluckley and Smarden is about 20 mins drive west of Ashford.
1. Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the wooden entrance gate are already entered) and click on the "Go" box to get your route. Park by this gate and walk down the road to the new red metal gate.
2. For Satnav:
a) the nearest postcode is TN27 8RE on Pluckley Road by Dering Lodge
b) using coordinates: N51.160061, E0.731076 for the wooden gate.
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.
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