May Wood, 3.1 acres of mature beech woodland in Oxfordshire, a short distance from Reading in a rural location. £46,000 (freehold) [#S1754]
An accessible and spectacular ancient beech woodland within the Chilterns benefiting from good vehicular access. Located 9 miles north from junction 12 of the M4.
RG8 0RT (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 175
- Roadside gate: SU 648 808
- Centre of wood: SU 648 809
May Wood is a magnificent beech dominated woodland set within a wider forest, located in the south-western corner of the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ideally located, the woodland is a stone’s throw from the quaint village of Woodcote and only nine miles north of Reading.
Beech woodlands of the Chilterns were historically managed for the furniture industry based in nearby High Wycombe, dating back from around the 1870s. The fine straight tree stems found in May Wood are testament to the past silvicultural management that serviced this local industry.
Since then, the woodland’s flat fertile loamy soils have encouraged good natural beech regeneration as well as becoming home to some other fine mature specimens. These include oak and sweet chestnut in the upper canopy and some bushy patches of holly inhabiting the understory. The rich woodland habitat has a diverse mix of flora and fungi including artist’s bracket and fly agaric. Birdlife and fauna such as kestrel, wren, muntjac and roe deer are also common in the locality.
From the woodland’s northeast boundary there are extensive views across some well managed agricultural and equestrian land with further woodland beyond.
With easy access off a quiet country lane, a hard-surfaced track suitable for a two-wheel drive vehicle year-round leads to the woodland entrance.
If It Were Mine
I would take advantage of the uncluttered understory and open spaces to spend a weekend camping and building dens. A fungal foray in the later parts of the year would also provide an opportunity to survey the array of species within the wood.
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 locked steel gate (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable place not obstructing the gate. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Continue along the track, keeping left at the junction for 90 metres where you will arrive at a track pull-in on the right, marked X on the plan.
- This is the entrance to May Wood.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The northeast boundary is the post and rail fence with fields beyond.
- The southeast boundary is in part indicated by yellow paint on occasional wooden posts and trees and a fence.
- The southwest boundary is the outside edge of the track, indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts that maybe offset by a short distance.
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 bridleway that runs inside the northeast boundary.
- 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 for the benefit of other woodland over the route BC.
- There is a right of way granted over CD to turn only.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way.
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 have funds in place 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
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.