Etchden Wood, four miles west of Ashford, Kent. 0.57 acres of mature Scots pine with oak and mixed broadleaf for £10,500 (freehold) [#E784]
A peaceful Scots pine wood with several promising oak stems and mixed broadleaf species. Benefiting from good access and excellent amenity potential.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 189.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 952 421.
- Centre of wood: TQ 951 419.
Nearest postcode: TN26 3DP.
Etchden Wood is a delightful plot of Scots pine and mixed broadleaf, situated in a larger woodland set back from a quiet country lane known as Etchden Road. It is positioned in a rural location, around four miles west of Ashford, in Kent. The wider countryside includes, to the north, Hoads Wood, an ancient woodland designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The property has a right of way granted along a level track, which could potentially be used by a 4WD vehicle. Etchden Wood is dominated by mature Scots pine interspersed with oak, birch, western hemlock and others. The sub-canopy consists of naturally regenerating birch, sycamore and oak.
The fertile clay soils of this region lends itself well to forestry, producing some large pine and promising oak stems throughout Etchden Wood. Not having been thinned in recent years, there is a moderate quantity of standing timber offering good potential for sustainable wood fuel or rustic crafts and woodworking. With careful management, a number of the oak trees with good form could grow on to become fine examples with valuable timber.
An old drainage ditch runs through the south of the property and a small clearing lies to the north. The level ground of the woodland is easily traversed by foot, with a ground flora consisting of ferns such as bracken and broad buckler, along with bramble, bilberry and several moss types. A number of fungi also grow, including the common birch polypore and turkey tail. The wider woodland countryside is home to a rich variety of wildlife with several deer species, and birds including nightingale, woodcock, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and several kinds of tits and warblers.
Etchden Wood is subject to an Article 4 Direction preventing some types of permitted development at the property.
If It Were Mine
I would carry out some light thinning works, selecting pine with poor form for removal and favouring the quality oak and high prune any younger oak. In the small clearing I would possibly under-plant with oak, ensuring adequate deer protection. A well located and manageable woodland such as this offers good amenity and conservation value. Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
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 Ashford exit the town on the A28 in the direction of Bethersden.
- At the Matalan roundabout take the exit signed for Great Chart.
- After 1 mile you will enter the village of Great Chart, as you approach the village you need to take a right turn onto Ninn Lane.
- After 1.5 miles the road will turn sharply right and you need to continue straight onto Etchden Road (ie turning left) in the direction signed for Bethersden and Tenterden.
- After approximately 1 mile you will see an access point to your left with a dilapidated wooden cross bar and a ‘private’ sign attached (see photo below), this is point A on the plan below. Please park in a safe location being careful not to obstruct the narrow road.
- Continue along the track southwards. After approximately 50 metres take the right hand turn (point B) and continue for another 80 metres, where you will see a post with pink paint (point C).
- Etchden Wood is ahead and to the left.
All boundaries are marked with pink paint.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- A right of way is granted for Etchden Wood marked ABC on the plan below.
- There is a shared maintenance clause covering this right of way.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
No known fencing liabilities.
Tree Preservation Order
Etchden Wood is the subject of a tree preservation order (TPO). A TPO does not prevent felling or other woodland management but does require the consent of the Local Planning Authority.
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.