Pluccan Wood £55,000 Freehold


The bluebells in spring are a delight, a display taking advantage of the high light levels before the tree leaves fully emerge and dowse the wood in shades of green. As with most ancient woodlands it and all the surrounding woodlands are 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.

A management plan is in place which also contains a felling licence for thinning the hornbeam. A copy is available. This allows certain works but does not mandate for any works.


Mostly oak over hornbeam, much of the oak is Turkey oak and the hornbeam is well-grown.


Classified as semi-natural ancient woodland within the County Wildlife Site; the details of the conservation site can be seen by clicking here CWS . There are widespread bluebells and wood anenome, the latter emerging in early spring to give a white covering followed by the bluebells. Much of the wood is covered by low-lying brambles, they are kept low by the tree canopy above and the low light levels. A new owner might consider brush cutting some of the brambles where they are growing over the wood anenome and bluebells.


There is a rustic bench in a small clearing for sitting and contemplating!

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is along a forest track where there is a full right of way in perpetuity from the public highway.

The wood is in Smarden parish, Ashford Borough and in Kent.

Rights and covenants

All of the woodland in this area is covered by a historical article iv click here for details, which does remove some permitted development rights but a planning application can be made without fees for those activities normally considered as permitted development.

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

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.

Wood maps

Wood map


These are indicated by orange markings on trackside trees and free-standing posts.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 189
  • Grid ref: TQ 905 439
  • Nearest post code: TN27 8RE
  • GPS coordinates: 51.1628, 0.72452

Location map


Pluccan 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 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.

This gate is kept locked, a key will be provided to a purchaser. Please climb the gate to gain access for viewing. Let us know if this is not possible.

2. For Satnav:

a) the nearest postcode is TN27 8RE on Pluckley Road by Dering Lodge


b) using coordinates: N51.1601030, E0.728757for the wooden gate.

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.

Semi-natural ancient woodland previously part of the Dering Estate and adjacent to the large area of Woodland Trust woodland.

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Managed by Richard Scholfield

Telephone: 07811 818 277

Email: [email protected]