SOLD: Shetland Wood £89,000 Freehold


Shetland Wood is an extremely private chestnut coppiced woodland. It slopes gently up to the east with privately owned woodlands to the north, west and south and with paddocks to the east. It has great access off a quiet country lane. A convenient timber stacking area by the main gates will be shared with other woodland owners here.

A stoned track leads to the wood itself, and a private walk-track within the wood leads to a rustic style bench. This has been installed in a natural clearing between some mature oaks in the heart of Shetland Wood, the perfect place to set up a base for family camping. An old extraction route has been recently been brush cut from this clearing up to the north boundary, where a small pond is found. This currently provides a water supply to the woodland wildlife, and it could be further restored.

There may be adjacent woodland available here. If this is of interest, please contact the area managers for this region - [email protected]

Shetland Wood is situated about 5 miles north-east of Maidstone in Kent. It is within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is part of a larger woodland known as Newlands Wood. The whole woodland is within a Kent Wildlife Trust Local Wildlife Site (download the citation and map from here).

It is worth noting that woodland owners may be able to get relief from Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. More information on this can be found here.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant


Shetland Wood comprises sweet chestnut coppice with mature oak standards. The north side of the wood will reach full maturity in approximately 6-8 years and the south side in approximately 12-13 years. The east side of the woodland includes birch, willow, hazel, hornbeam and ash.

The chestnut coppice could be harvested, and the standard oak trees should be retained where possible. When seasoned the chestnut could be used as firewood in a wood-fired boiler to provide your central heating. In the coming years this woodland has enormous potential to provide a steady and sustainable supply of excellent firewood. It is worth noting that Woodlands.co.uk offer £300 towards a course for a new owner. This would provide the opportunity to learn the skills required to resume coppicing in the future.

Shetland Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) by Natural England. This is woodland that has been under constant tree cover since at least 1600AD. It is valued as a rich reserve of biodiversity. There is a draft Management Plan and Felling Licence for Newlands Wood (of which Shetland Wood is a part) – details of this are available upon request. It is noted in management plan that stands are generally well stocked; the chestnut is of good quality, and they would lend themselves to management on a relatively short rotation, providing timber for either commercial or private use.


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.


- An ancient semi-natural mixed woodland within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

- Good quality chestnut coppice providing a lifetime supply of firewood.

- There is a recent brush cut path that begins at the entrance and runs round the boundaries of the woodland, as well as right into the heart of the woodland.

- A small pond.

- Great access and a convenient shared timber stacking area to facilitate the management of the wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Shetland Wood is via double metal gates off Court Lane (an owner will be provided a key for this locked gate). A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to Shetland Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within the wood itself.

There are no public footpaths within the wood. The North Downs Way is accessible approx. 1 mile from the wood.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

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


The wood lends itself to both amenity use as well as an opportunity to learn how to manage a small chestnut coppice wood. Or a new owner could simply relax and picnic amongst the trees and see what birds can be spotted in the woods.

Local area and history

It seems likely that what would have originally been an oak woodland with hornbeam coppice was converted to mainly sweet chestnut coppice in the late 19th century (as there are not many very large coppice stools in evidence). There are some features of potential local archaeological interest in the woodland including a woodbank within the wood, and a couple of small pits which are most likely to be a collapsed ‘denehole’ (historically used for chalk extraction for marling of adjacent agricultural land).

The wood is approx. 1 mile from the Kent Showground, home to the annual Kent County Show. Held in July, this well-established show includes animals, horses, vintage vehicles and retail stands for a celebration of the best in the county. Maidstone is approximately 5 miles south-west of the wood.

Wood maps

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

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 806 607
  • Nearest post code: ME14 3HF
  • GPS coordinates: 51.3169, 0.591503

Location map


Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code ME14 3HF. This will take you to within approx. 0.5 miles of the main entrance gates to Newlands Wood (of which Shetland Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main gates leading to Shetland Wood (off Court Lane) are: N51.313599, E0.584996. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • Leave the M20 at Junction 7 head north on the A249, Detling Hill / Sittingbourne Road.
  • Pass under the pedestrian bridge (Jade’s Bridge) and after approx. 0.5 mile take the right turn onto Scragged Oak Road.
  • Continue for approx. 1 mile (past the Kent Showground) until you reach Court Lane on your left. Turn down this road and continue for approx.350 meters.
  • You will reach a set of double metal gates on the right-hand side with a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it.

Once you arrive at the gates:

  • Park in front of the metal gates (leaving space for people to get in and out the gates) and walk round the side of the gate and up the track.
  • Follow the main track approx. 650 meters (you will pass 2 tracks on the right but stay on the main track). The entrance to Shetland Wood is on the right-hand side of the main track with its boundaries marked in MAUVE.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code ME14 3HF 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

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.

An extremely private ancient woodland - with chestnut coppice and mature oak. Great for family forestry and a plentiful supply of firewood. Located approx. 5 miles northeast of Maidstone.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]