Beech Grove, Woodcote, Oxfordshire. 1.54 acres of stunning mature beech woodland in a rural location, 8 miles from Reading. £20,000 (freehold) [#S1240]
An attractive example of Ancient Woodland in rural Oxfordshire, 1½ hours’ drive from London and 9 miles from junction 12 of the M4.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 175
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SU 648 808
- Centre of wood: SU 649 807
Nearest postcode: RG8 0RT
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.
Beech Grove sits in a peaceful part of Oxfordshire, located just south of Woodcote village and is part of a wider forested area known as Birchen Copse. Sloping gently to the northeast, the copse sits among fertile loamy clay soils, ideal for the majestic beech dominating the location. The woodland was historically managed for its good timber crop to service the once prosperous furniture industry in nearby High Wycombe.
Beneath the mature canopy, holly, birch and the occasional sweet chestnut complement the tall stems of beech. There is also a good amount of strong beech regeneration (the seedlings and saplings are shade tolerant, a common species trait after early establishment).
Lush green brachythecium moss provides a pleasant covering of the woodland floor with some remarkable colourful fungi that appear during the latter parts of the year. These include oyster mushroom, fly agaric and scarlet elf cup. Rich populations of wildlife can also be seen and heard including badger, the long-eared owl, common dormouse, roe and muntjac deer.
This manageable woodland offers huge scope for a weekend woodsperson and benefits from good access, serviced by a hard track suitable for a 2WD drive vehicle.
If It Were Mine
I would certainly yield some beech wood to then chip for my meat smoker at home, perhaps smoking some locally sourced venison! I would also clear a few of the attractive open spaces for camping during the warmer months, taking advantage of this tranquil location.
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 the edge of Reading take the A4074 north towards Wallingford and Oxford.
- Approximately 1 mile past Cane End turn left onto the B4526.
- Follow this road for another mile and then turn right for Woodcote.
- The entrance for the wood can be seen on the right-hand side of the road after 550 metres indicated by a Woods4Sale sign (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable place not obstructing the gate. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Climb the gate and continue along the track, keeping right at the junction (point B).
- From here, continue for roughly 150 metres where you will arrive at a pull-in on the right, (point C).
- This is the entrance to Beech Grove.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by wooden posts painted green.
- The southwest boundary between points GF is the earth bund and between points FE is the wooden fence.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts and trees.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted for all times and all purposes over the route ABCD on the plan below.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a short section of public footpath running though the southwest corner of the woodland.
There are no known 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
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.