Woodlands.co.uk

SOLD: Staple Wood £149,000 Freehold

Description

Staple Wood is on the Kent / East Sussex border, situated about 2 ½ miles southwest from the village of Lamberhurst. It is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is part of a larger woodland known as Skents Wood. There are no public footpaths in or adjoining the wood. It is extremely private and peaceful. Staple Wood is mainly chestnut coppice, however mature oak standards, the occasional mature Scots pine, Norway spruce and European larch also feature. Wildflowers including bluebells, wood anemone and primrose adorn the forest floor in early spring. These are also ancient woodland indicators. A rustic style bench has been installed in a private clearing amongst the chestnut coppice and bluebells, a short walk from the ride stop entrance.

Please note viewings are currently available after 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and all-day Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (This is for health & safety reasons whilst track improvement works are underway).

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.

Trees

Staple Wood features sweet chestnut coppice with mature oak standards, and the occasional Scots pine and European larch standard. There is a woodbank along the east boundary (which sits inside the edge of the wood). Woodbanks and ditches were often used to mark the boundaries of woods and further confirm the ancient status of the woodland. A couple of veteran trees (a larch and a pine) have been identified in the south of Staple Wood. Some small, isolated clumps of laurel are in the wood and should be controlled or removed, so as to prevent spread.

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. As noted in the management plan, there is some windblow and some dead stools due to Phytophthora cinnamomi.

The majority of Staple 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 an approved Management Plan and Felling Licence for Skents Wood (of which Staple Wood is a part) – details of this are available upon request. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful.

Wildlife

Several bat species have been recorded in the vicinity (these are noted in the management plan). Creation and maintenance of open space and improved structural diversity, along with retention of deadwood is likely to enhance habitat for invertebrates and would thus also benefit the bat species. There are also several records of dormouse within 2km of the woodland – there is scope to improve the habitat for dormouse by coppicing to improve structural diversity. Muntjac, roe and fallow deer have been recorded in the vicinity of the woodland.

Features

- An ancient semi-natural mixed woodland within the High Weald AONB.

- Chestnut coppice, mature oak standards, occasional mature Scots pine and European larch.

- A small natural clearing and a rustic bench amongst the bluebells.

- Extremely private.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Staple Wood is via a single metal gate off Neills Road (an owner will be provided a key for this locked gate). A track leads to the ride stop entrance to Staple Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within the wood itself. A second access will be available along the track leading north from the entrance to Staple Wood and turning east to the main entrance gates to Skents Wood.

There are no public footpaths within the wood or adjoining the wood.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

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

Activities

The wood lends itself to both amenity use, as well as offering an opportunity to learn how to manage a small coppice wood. An owner could also learn and practice green woodworking - such as bodging. Or simply relax and picnic amongst the trees and see what birds can be spotted in the woods.

Local area and history

The management plan suggests that during the 16th and 17th centuries Skents Wood would have provided important fuel wood for the many iron furnaces then present in the vicinity. It seems likely that what would have originally been 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). It is understood that the woodland previously formed part of the Bayham Abbey estate of the Marquess of Camden, which was broken up in the 1990s.

There are a number of important historical sites all within a short distance of Staple Wood. The English Heritage site of Bayham Abbey is approx. 3 miles north and features ruins dating back to the 13th century. Scotney Castle is approx. 3 miles away – this impressive 14th century moated castle is well worth a visit. For those who love water, Bewl Water is only 4 miles from Staple Wood and offers various water sports, as well as cycling and fishing. There is a 15th century pub called The Elephants Head in Hook Green, walking distance from Staple 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.

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 649 345
  • Nearest post code: TN5 6FL
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0861, 0.353074

Location map

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code TN5 6FL. This will take you to within approx. 0.1 miles of the south entrance to Skents Wood (of which Staple Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the gate leading to Staple Wood (off Neills Road) are: N51.085458, E0.351256. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

Please note viewings are currently available after 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and all-day Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (This is for health & safety reasons whilst track improvement works are underway).

Heading south on the A21

  • Heading south past the exits for Royal Tunbridge Wells and Pembury, continue heading south until you reach the roundabout at Kipping’s Cross.
  • Go straight over at Kipping’s Cross and continue straight over at the next roundabout (this is the turning to the BP garage and Burger King).
  • After approx. 1 mile take the first turning on the right onto Clay Hill Road - signposted ‘Hook Green’.
  • Follow Clay Hill Road approx. 2 miles south to the crossroads in Hook Green (where The Elephants Head pub is).
  • Continue straight over the crossroads onto Free Heath Road and follow this for 1 mile. You will pass a set of double metal gates on the right-hand side with a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it. Go past these gates.
  • At the bottom of Free Heath Road turn right onto Neills Road and continue 0.2 miles until you reach a small set of crossroads.
  • Park in front of the single metal gate with the ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it.

Heading north from Hastings on the A21

  • Follow the A21 heading north out of Hastings.
  • At Flimwell (about 16 miles from Hastings) stay on the A21 (crossing straight over the B2087) towards Lamberhurst.
  • After approx. 3.5 miles you reach a roundabout, take the first exit on to the B2169 (signposted Lamberhurst, Frant and Wadhurst).
  • Shortly after, take the first turn left signposted to Frant (and the Brown Trout Pub). This follows the B2169.
  • Continue through Lamberhurst Down on the B2169 (Furnace Lane) and once out of the village after about 1 mile, take the first left turn onto Neills Road. After about 1 mile this crosses over Free Heath Road.
  • Continue 0.2 miles until you reach the small set of crossroads.
  • Park in front of the single metal gate with the ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it.

Once you arrive at the gate:

  • Park in front of the single metal gate and walk round the side of the gate and up the track. Staple Wood is on the right-hand side of this track.
  • Follow the main track approx. 225 meters and the entrance to Staple Wood is on the right-hand side of the track with its boundaries marked in MAUVE.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code TN5 6FL 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 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.

A chestnut coppice woodland featuring other broadleaf and conifer species. Situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A private, peaceful and attractive ancient woodland.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: [email protected]