SOLD: Merry Wood £49,000 Freehold


This is a lovely wood which ticks so many boxes for the small woodland owner or someone interested in family forestry. It has been designated as ancient semi natural woodland which is evident in the wonderful variety of long established broadleaf trees thriving here, a good defence against the inroads of any particular tree disease. In addition, it's reasonably level throughout and the access is fantastically easy. There is a short stretch of stream marking its northern boundary.

There are pretty views out over surrounding fields and copses to the west, while it borders more woodland to the north, across the stream.

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.


Oak standards are present throughout Merry Wood and the larger woodland Pokes Hole, along with birch, some sweet chestnut, ash and the occasional conifer.

At understory level, alder and hazel are present and both have been coppiced in the past - Coppice rotation is an underused method of woodland management these days but it's very beneficial to the biodiversity of the woodland by allowing regulated light through to the forest floor, encouraging greater variety of flora to flourish, which encourages greater fauna to follow. It is also a small scale economic generator resulting in a continuous supply of small pole size timber ideal for burning, charcoal production, green woodworking or hurdle making.


The mixed age woodland with varied species of broadleaf provides great habitat for all manner of wildlife. Muntjac and fallow deer have been spotted here taking advantage of the stream, a great wildlife magnet, together with a great range of birdlife, including wren, robin and mistle-thrush.

Tawny owl are known to nest in the woodland and woodpeckers have been heard regularly.


It's level and easy to get to, it's broadleaf, it's quiet, there's a tiny stream - what more could you want?!

Access, tracks and footpaths

There is an excellent track giving access to Merry Wood from the main entrance gate which opens directly off the minor public road, meaning that two wheel drive access is possible all year round.

There are no public footpaths running through Merry Wood or the larger woodland.


Whittling, whistling, willow weaving, wallowing in the small stream, watching wildlife, wandering or wondering at the beauty of nature. Any or all of the above ...

Local area and history

Nearby, west of the woodland, is Kentchurch Court , a stately home which has been in the Scudamore family for nearly 1000 years, with much fascinating history - Owain Glyndwr, the last Prince of Wales, is said to have taken refuge here after his rebellion was finally suppressed by the English in the early 15th C. His daughter, Alice was married to John Scudamore.

Woodcarvings by the genius Grinling Gibbons are displayed in the house and beyond the beautiful gardens, in the deer park, which belonged originally to the Knights Templar, can be found Jack of Kent's Oak Tree, an ancient oak with an impressively well rounded circumference measuring 11.3m !

To the east, the pretty church of Orcop has an unusual tower, the lower level of which is supported on four enormous oak trunks acting as beams perhaps taken from this very woodland ....!

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries to Merry Wood are marked in orange paint on wooden marker stakes, trees and fence posts.

The southern and western boundary is fenced.

The northern boundary is the mid point of the stream.

The eastern boundary runs along the edge of the shared access track.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 161
  • Grid ref: SO 448 268
  • Nearest post code: HR2 8EU
  • GPS coordinates: 51.937, -2.804

Location map


From Abergavenny or from Hereford take the A465 either north or south depending.

-From the south, turn off the A465 just after Pontrilas heading east, signposted to Orcop, or Bagwyllydiart.

-From Hereford travel approximately 9.6 miles to Wormbridge, left turn for Bagwyllydiart, continue to the T junction and turn right and continue to the next T junction and turn left.

Continue along this road until you reach the gated entrance to the larger woodland known as Pokes Hole & Hondy Wood on your left, marked by a Woodlands for sale sign.

Park at the gate and please continue on foot. Merry Wood is the woodland on the left of the track, the entrance marked by a wooden name board and a Woodlands for Sale board.

If you can't climb over the gate, please call Tamsin or Matt for the combination code on the pedestrian gate.

Travelling from the east, the M50 terminates at Ross on Wye, approximately 10 miles east of the woodland. From Ross take the A49 towards Hereford.

After Michaelchurch and before Harewood End, approx 4 miles, take the left towards Orcop or Bagwyllydiart (Not the A4137).

After 5 miles approximately, the entrance to the woodland will be on your right, marked by a Woodlands for sale sign.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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.

Gorgeous little semi-natural ancient woodland in rolling Herefordshire countryside, very easy to access and yet peaceful and quiet.

Managed by Tamsin and Matt Brown

Telephone: 07956 256101

Telephone: 07950 379533

Email: [email protected]