Howberry Copse, Woodcote, Oxfordshire. 3.74 acres of stunning beech woodland, 18 miles from Oxford. £49,000 (freehold) [#M1523]
A superb tranquil Ancient Woodland located in rural Oxfordshire, 9 miles north of Reading, with a gated entrance and serviced by a good hard surfaced track.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 175
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SU 648 808
- Centre of wood: SU 649 808
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.
With a majestic feeling of old England, towering beech with outstretched limbs dominate this wood, providing dappled sunlight to the forest floor which is open and easy to walk.
Howberry Copse forms part of the larger Common Wood that is designated as an Ancient and semi-natural woodland, indicating that the land has been under continuous tree cover since before 1600 AD. It is situated at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills near to the idyllic chocolate box village of Woodcote, just 10 minutes’ drive from Henley-on-Thames.
Situated on an almost level ground that is well drained loamy soil, the wood is in part open and part occupied with promising beech regeneration and a number of areas with large thickets of holly.
Vibrant displays of seasonal fungi characteristic of beech woodland such as fly agaric, porcelain fungi, ink cap and chanterelle will enthuse a fungi aficionado. Populations of deer (roe and muntjac) are regularly seen in the area as well as a wonderful array of birdlife, such as the tawny owl, buzzard, green woodpecker and many harmonious songbirds.
The vendor has erected a fence around the perimeter of the wood that serves to discourage deer from entering and browsing regenerating seedlings. It also reduces any potential footfall, thus ensuring privacy.
Howberry Copse is accessed via a hard track that runs just inside the boundary and is usable at all times of the year with a car. This woodland offers numerous recreational adventures and would also produce a small amount of timber, perhaps turn your hand to making a chopping board or kitchenware and a bit of firewood for the log burner.
If It Were Mine
I would build a tree house – Robin Hood style!
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 left at the first junction (point B). You are now entering Howberry Copse.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by wooden posts and trees painted yellow.
- The northeast boundary is the wooden fence with fields beyond.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by wooden posts and trees painted red.
- The southwest boundary between CBE is indicated by wooden posts and trees painted green.
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 AB on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC, BE and CD for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- A public bridleway runs just inside the north east boundary.
The internal fence is the responsibility of the owner of this wood.
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.