Back Lane Wood, Datchworth, near Knebworth, Herts. 19.2 acres (approx.) of mixed broadleaf woodland for £115,000 (leasehold) [#E976]
A very quiet and secluded mixed broadleaved woodland of mainly hornbeam and red oak. A very quiet location with excellent access. Only a few miles from Stevenage and the A1(M).
19.2 acres (approx.)
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 166.
- Start of Back Lane, point A on the plan: TL 273 183.
- Centre of wood: TL 277 177.
Nearest postcode: SG3 6RU.
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Back Lane Wood is a fine example of a maturing mixed lowland broadleaved woodland. It contains mainly hornbeam, including some large stems, and many large canopy red oaks. The woodland had most of the conifers removed some many years ago and this has left the broadleaves at a good spacing to continue to mature. Many of the red oak are large mature canopy trees. The foliage of both the red oak and the hornbeam produce fabulous autumn colours.
Also to be found in the woodland are occasional large cherries, birch, cypress and holly. Ash is present on the eastern side of the woodland and is naturally regenerating in prolific quantities in some of the more open glades.
There is plenty of natural regeneration throughout the entire woodland of oak, hornbeam and ash that can be used as crop replacements as the more mature trees are felled in the future.
The woodland is classified as Ancient Woodland, there has been continuous tree cover since 1600. The woodland flora is rich and varied, with carpets of bluebells in the spring as well as orchids, wild daffodil, primroses, wood sorrel, sandwort, dog violet, wood millet and arum being recorded.
In various parts of the woodland there are ancient hollows and earthworks. These are not recorded as ancient monuments, but will certainly be of historic importance.
At the southern end of Back Lane Wood is a long ditch, joining a seasonal pond on the very southern tip to the deepest of the hollows in the southeast corner. This forms part of a soak-away system that the Water Authority uses during periodic but infrequent maintenance operations. The current owner has only known it used once in the last 5 years.
The woodland is leasehold on a 999-year lease dating since 1957. The annual rent is fixed at £1.99.
If It Were Mine
Some areas could benefit from a light thinning, providing fuel for the log burner. There are some open areas that provide superb habitat diversity as well as opportunities for recreation and family camping.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Junction 6 on the A1(M); follow signs for the B197 in the direction of Knebworth.
- After about 1 mile you will come into the village of Woolmer Green. In this village, you need to turn left into Mardleybury Road signed for Datchworth and Watton, opposite the Chequers Inn.
- Continue for about 1 mile towards Datchworth Green, pass The Tilbury pub on the left.
- In around 300 metres take a right (point A on the OS plan below) just before a sign for Datchworth Church on your left.
- About ¼ mile down this lane you will see our ‘For Sale’ sign on your left-hand side. This is the entrance to back Lane Wood and point B on the plan below.
- The northern and western boundaries are agricultural fences.
- The southern and eastern boundaries are indicated by regular fence posts without any metalwork attached.
The sporting rights are reserved to the lessor, but the lessee is able to shoot deer, pigeons, rabbits, squirrels, rooks and crows.
The lessee has a right to extract sand or gravel for road and track maintenance.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way for the woodland along Back Lane. The liability for maintenance and repair is by user of one third of the cost.
- There are no public rights of way in the woodland.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
How To Buy
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sale price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.