Hammer Copse, near Staplecross, East Sussex. 3.04 acres of mixed broadleaf with all year vehicular access. £36,500 (freehold) [#S1035]
A thriving biodiverse woodland including plantation oak and pine, incorporating great access and open spaces with high potential in a quiet serene location.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 796 218.
- Centre of wood: TQ 789 221.
Nearest postcode: TN32 5QL.
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.
Hammer Copse is a charming north facing amenity woodland located in one of the more tranquil locations of rural East Sussex, near the sleepy village of Staplecross. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the woodland lies seven miles north of the attractive mediaeval town of Hastings.
Primary access is along a recently re stoned track that meanders its way through the wider woodland. Hammer Copse is set mainly on fairly acidic but fertile loamy soils, with substantial young oak avenues sloping gently northwest. It has the added advantage of being bordered by grassy rides, making the woodland largely accessible from many locations within the boundary.
On arrival at the southeast corner of the woodland, one is initially greeted with the distinct aroma from a small number of well-formed Scots pine, flanked by fruitful damson bushes. Once amongst this young woodland, planted some 25 years ago, one will notice a generous mix of thriving deciduous tree species complimenting the Scots pine and oak, such as hornbeam, crab-apple, hawthorn, ash and field maple.
The southwestern part of Hammer Copse is more densely stocked, comprising some impressive hawthorn and beech. This part of the woodland also offers some pleasant farmland views looking west. The rides create attractive open spaces that show signs of past habitat management, hosting wildflowers including orchids. This has created a rich environment for the notable insect life such as migrant hawker, wasp nest beetle and butterfly. Wild mammal populations are substantial with trails zigzagging throughout the woodland, sightings of muntjac and badger are certainly not uncommon. Bird life in the local area is also extensive, including sightings of kestrel and buzzard to name a few.
Hammer Copse is easily accessed from much of the southeast and offers huge potential. Perfect not only for a weekend camping learning about woodland life, but also the possibility of some light silvicultural practice creating a small supply of domestic wood fuel.
If It Were Mine
I would begin by removing the tree shelters in the woodland. I’d then set about thinning the well-stocked southwestern section of the woodland, favouring the best hawthorn and beech trees for a sustainable domestic firewood supply. I’d also take advantage of the open space and rides to spend weekends camping during the warmer months, fuelling campfires from the woodland.
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
- Take the A21 northwards from Hastings, after around five miles take the B2244 signposted Sedlescombe.
- Continue through the village of Sedlescombe and for around 4 miles passing Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard on the left.
- At the junction take the righthand turn B2165 signposted Staplecross, at the village follow the road round to the right after a mile you pass Chalk Down Lime builders supplies.
- Take the immediate right down Ellenwhorne Lane, continue down the lane for ½ a mile and take the right turn (point A on the plan below) down the track over a stream.
- Open the steel gate and continue along the track through the field to another locked gate (point B), park on the left being careful not to obstruct the track.
- Climb the gate, sorry we do not supply keys for viewings. Follow the track for 400 metres passing two turns on the left (points C and D).
- Pass a shed on the right and take the next right turn (point E). Follow the track for 330 metres, passing under some power lines and bearing right.
- Follow the track for 150 metres through mature woodland and bear left, arrive at Hammer Copse (point F) which is to the left.
- The southern boundary is on the outside edge of the rides, marked by wooden posts with green paint.
- The eastern boundary is on the outside edge of the access track, marked by wooden posts with white paint.
- The western boundary is on the outside edge of the rides, marked on a fence with green paint.
- The northern boundary is on the inside of the access track and rides, marked by wooden posts with green paint.
The sporting rights are included and not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way for all times and all purposes marked ABCDEF on the plan.
- A right of way is reserved between point FG for the benefit of the woodlands beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all of the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.