The Whiskers, Woodcote, Oxfordshire. 2.05 acres of mixed beech woodland in a rural location, 8 miles from Reading. £28,000 (freehold) [#M1289]
An attractive stand of mature beech and pole stage mixed broadleaves set in an 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 648 808
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.
The Whiskers is a parcel of woodland set within a larger beech Ancient Woodland. It is designated by Natural England as a Plantation on an Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland. This designation indicates the land has been under continuous tree cover since or before 1600 AD.
Around the fringes there are mature oaks and beech. The centre of the wood was replanted over 15 years ago with a mixture of native broadleaved trees with stakes and shelters. These trees have grown exceptionally well and have now achieved canopy closure. This means that the woodland floor is fairly unencumbered and easy to walk. Being enclosed, the wood has a secluded feel, helped by the slight undulation of the ground, creating a slight valley.
The woodland has occasional diverse areas of flora with a rich display of grasses, fungi, ferns and seasonal woodland herbs underfoot, and you are likely to come across roe and muntjac deer, the fox, and other small woodland mammals.
The soil is free draining fertile loams over chalk with flint deposits which is evidently most suitable for growing trees.
The Whiskers can be easily accessed by two wheeled drive vehicles via a hard-surfaced track at all times of the year. From the public road there is a locked gate through which a metalled track runs along two of the woodland boundaries.
If It Were Mine
This wood is the perfect choice for those looking to own a beautiful woodland for amenity. I would use it as a great place to spend some time with the children camping, making dens and getting closer to nature. There is also plenty of scope for the new owner to actively manage the woodland and produce good quantities of firewood for the family home.
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 the woodland is on the left. Following the track to point B bearing left and continuing on the left to point C.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by red paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees set back from the inside edge of the track.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees set back from the inside edge of the track.
- The southwest boundary is set back from road verge defined by the old hedge line.
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 at all times and for all purposes over the route ABC on the plan below.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a section of public footpath running though the wood running north-south but people appear to use the track instead.
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 (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- 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.