Bear Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 5.87 acres of broadleaf and conifer woodland with great access for £58,000 (freehold) [#E882]
A charming Ancient Woodland with abundant character and recently improved access. Featuring a diverse range of tree species and a hand carved bear.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 188.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 818 561.
- Centre of wood: TQ 823 556.
Nearest postcode: ME14 3LY.
Bear Wood is a perfect combination of large mature trees of many species. These include oak, ash, beech, cherry, sweet chestnut, aspen, giant redwood, holly, yew (including one with a massive root plate above ground) birch, hawthorn and blackthorn. Our forester reports that the woodland contains one of the largest cherry trees he has ever seen!
The woodland encompasses a knoll which gently slopes to grazing land to the west. This western part of the wood in particular has a wonderful display of bluebells in spring. Other wildflowers include wood anemones and celandine.
A good hard track leads to the edge of the property, continuing as a useful ride within the woodland along the southern edge, the borders of which are rich with wildflowers such as meadowsweet and orchids. Wildlife includes buzzards and kestrels, foxes and badgers.
The carved wooden bear in the photograph stands in a small clearing close to the southern boundary, surrounded by a group of giant redwoods which are about 35 years old and now showing their potential for the future.
There is a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on the whole forest. This does not prevent normal forest management operations, including felling, as can be seen from the recent coppicing operations in various parts of the forest. It simply means that the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained prior to felling.
If It Were Mine
A woodland with such a diverse species composition and abundant charm as Bear Wood is a rare opportunity. I would install some bird and bat boxes and perhaps a strategically placed bench from which to absorb the serene atmosphere.
There is a good quantity of high quality standing timber which could be used for joinery if a new owner should desire.
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 the M20 junction 8, take the Maidstone direction along the A20 (signed for Bearsted). After ¾ mile turn right into the narrow Crismill Road. If you pass ‘Potted Garden’ nursery then you have gone too far.
Continue up this narrow road, under the M20, and turn left at the other side along Crismill Lane. Around a sharp right hand bend the tarmac will finish but the road still has a good hard surface.
After about 300 metres you will come to a padlocked steel gate on your right hand side. You should park here, taking care not to obstruct either the gateway or the road. Both are in use at all times. This is point A on the plan below.
From this point you need to pass around the gate and continue straight down the road for 300 metres, over a stream (point B on the plan below), then ahead for another 350 metres, past the pond, until you come to another steel gate. This is point C on the plan below.
Walk around the gate and then down the forest road for a further 280 metres until you come to a T-junction (point D). Turn to the right and continue for 120 metres until you come to a metal gate (point E).
Pass round the gate and continue along the track up in to the woodland for 100 metres until you see a wooden barrier and a sign for ‘Bear Wood’ (point F) which is ahead.
The northern boundary is marked by wooden posts and trees with green paint.
The eastern boundary is the inside edge of the track and marked by wooden posts with green paint.
The southern and western boundaries are marked by agricultural fences.
The woodland comes with the benefit of full sporting rights.
These are included in the sale, except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There is a right of way for the owner of Bear Wood from the gate on Crismill Lane, through the locked gate, all the way to the woodland boundary, for all purposes at all times (marked ABCDEF).
All shared rights of way are covered by a maintenance clause, with liability according to use.
There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
There are no fencing liabilities.
Tree Preservation Order
Bear 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.
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 sales 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.