Ellen Wood, near Northchapel, West Sussex. 2.2 acres of native broadleaf Ancient Woodland. £27,500 (freehold) [#E1037]
A delightful mixed age broadleaf woodland situated within the South Downs National Park. Benefiting from a recently upgraded track and two access points.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 186.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SU 950 301.
- Centre of wood: SU 948 301.
Nearest postcode: GU28 9EH.
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.
Ellen Wood takes its name from the old English word for elder, which can be found growing here. It lies just outside the village of Northchapel, so called because its church was once a chapelry to the north of Petworth town, around six miles away. The bustling town of Haslemere is a similar distance to the northwest.
A recently surfaced track leads from a securely gated entrance off the A283. Conveniently, there are two access points into the property from tracks which flank two sides of the wood, facilitating convenient onward management of this attractive mixed woodland.
Ellen Wood consists of two distinctively separate areas. To the west there is an area of strongly growing sweet chestnut coppice and young birch whilst to the east is a stand of fine formed oak, beech and mature ash and hazel coppice. A large impressive veteran Scots pine tree stands on the southern boundary, close to the second access point.
The surrounding landscape is largely designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sitting within the South Downs National Park. The fertile and freely draining clay and loamy soils give rise to excellent tree growing conditions.
Overall, the topography is level with a few hollows to the east which adds interest to the woodland floor, which is rich with wildflowers in spring and summer. An old soft track passes through the wood from the south.
The frequent sound of a nuthatch can be heard along with an occasional woodpecker or owl. A large deer population roams the wider woodland. Ellen Wood has a lovely nature reserve feel to it, a perfect spot to camp amongst the bluebells.
If It Were Mine
I would coppice the younger area when ready and respace, encouraging any oaks to grow on. I would install birdboxes in the mature area and consider some light thinning of denser areas to allow the remaining trees to put on girth and mature.
Please note some management operations may require a felling 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
- The woodland is situated next to the village of Northchapel in West Sussex.
- Head north along the A283 from Northchapel village and after approximately 100 metres there is a turning to some fields on the left with a Woods4Sale sign (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable place without blocking the gateway and climb the gate. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Once over the first gate you will find a second gate on your right. Please climb this one also and then continue up the track with grassland on either side of you until you enter the woodland.
- Continue along the track for 350 metres passing a turning to your left (point B)
- After 35 metres bear right at the junction (point C) continue for 10 metres, Ellen Wood is ahead.
- The northern boundary is marked by wooden posts and trees with green paint.
- The western boundary is set back from the track and marked by wooden posts with pink paint.
- The southern boundary is set back from the track marked with wooden posts with orange paint.
- The eastern boundary is marked by wooden posts and trees with white paint.
The sporting rights are included and not let.
The mineral rights are included in the sale, except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times and for all purposes for Ellen Wood from the roadside gate up to the woodland boundary (marked ABCDE and DF on the plan).
- 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.
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.