Hen Peck Wood, 4.87 acres of mature ash woodland near Retford, Laneham in Nottinghamshire, £59,000 (freehold) [#F1263]
Tall ash trees with a smattering of field maple and wild cherry, surrounded by farmland, with good access from the main road and situated not too far from the historic market town of Retford.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 120
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access point: SK 790 763
- Centre of wood: SK 791 765
Nearest postcode: DN22 0FE
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.
A mature ash woodland, situated in the Nottinghamshire countryside. With good access to the canal town of Retford and only 2 miles from the River Trent. The A57 is not far, being just over 2 miles to the south, and the medieval cathedral city of Lincoln is only a few more miles to the east.
Hen Peck Wood is part of a larger ash plantation surrounded by agricultural land and feels like a woodland haven in the countryside. As you walk through the towering ash trees and you venture near to the woodland boundaries, the odd field maple, wild cherry and hawthorn are found growing between the dominant ash trees.
The woodland stands on fertile, loamy and clayey floodplain soils, and is relatively free draining, helped by the drainage ditch that runs from the north east to the south west. There is a dew pond situated in the north east corner, that has been recently cleared of overgrowing vegetation. It is expected that this will become seasonally wet and attract animals, birds and insects alike which enjoy wetland environments.
Snowberry grows along the southern fringes, forming an impenetrable boundary to the rest of the woodland to the south. It is growing very well under the thick canopy of the ash trees, but has very few berries present due to the shade. However, if a few of the trees were removed and sunlight could reach the woodland floor, the shrubs would overflow with the pure white, waxy berries adding a different colour to the woodland palette.
A footpath has been cut through the undergrowth and around the dew pond to allow access, but it also gives an example of what can be done to the woodland to open it up for use.
During our site visit, numerous songbirds and the occasional hunting call from a soaring buzzard were heard. Rustling among the snowberry was a pair of foraging Muntjac deer, sadly they bolted when they heard my approach. As this woodland was previously used for shooting purposes (the likely reason why snowberry shrubs were planted), it would not take much to entice them back.
If It Were Mine
I would fell a few of the ash trees around the pond and clear some of the undesirable vegetation to try and encourage some wildflowers. I would also thin the ash throughout and replant with some fast growing, shade tolerant tree species like beech to complement the wood and add a bit of diversity.
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
- Driving south out of Retford, along the A638, towards Eaton, drive approximately 0.3 miles, heading straight over one mini roundabout.
- When you get to another mini roundabout, take the first turning, left, heading towards Grove, Headon and Rampton, along Grove Road.
- Drive for approximately 6.7 miles along this road.
- When you reach Stokeham, turn right onto Laneham Road, and after approximately 0.5 miles the entrance to the woodland is on your left indicated with a Woods4Sale sign on the roadside.
- Turn left, onto a public bridleway opposite a layby (point X on the plan below).
- Drive for approximately 250 metres along this track, passing a second Woods4Sale sign on the right hand side (point Y).
- Please park in the parking area off the bridleway (point A).
- This is the entrance Hen Peck Wood.
- The northern boundary is the edge of the woodland inside the bridleway.
- Both the western and eastern boundaries are the inside edge of a stoned track
- The southern boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees marked with green paint.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
A conveyance has been placed on the woodland, dated 1941, which reserves the right to extract coal from the woodland but provides compensation for any damage done. We believe this is now historic and is very unlikely to be exercised nor planning permission given.
Rights Of Way
- The woodland is accessed over the track XA.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
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
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Maps & Plans
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Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.