Hodges Wood, Leaden Roding, nr. Chelmsford, Essex. 2.02 acres of stunning Ancient Woodland, 11 miles from junction 7 of the M11. £43,000 (freehold) [#S2176]
A lofty mature broadleaf woodland containing hornbeam, ash and hazel coppice in a rural location, 7 miles from the historic town of Great Dunmow.
CM6 1QQ (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 167
- Roadside gate (point A): TL 599 129
- Centre of wood: TL 600 129
On the fringes of Leaden Roding (one of the 8 villages and hamlets that make up ‘The Rodings’) Hodges Wood is part of a larger gated woodland and is accessed over a recently upgraded track.
Situated amongst level fertile lime rich clay soils, the canopy mostly consists of ash, hornbeam, oak standards and birch. Within the shrub layer below you will find field maple, hawthorn, occasional willow and hazel coppice (some of the latter are 70 years old or more). A number of the larger hornbeam stems could certainly provide a good stock of fuel for a domestic log burner, making use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence covering the woodland. During the spring and summer months the ground layer is awash with Ancient Woodland signs with clusters of bluebell, wood anemone, primrose, dog’s mercury and foxglove, providing nourishment for our essential pollinators.
Wonderful farmland views are enjoyed looking out from the northeastern boundary, perhaps a discreet camping spot might be nice here if cleared a bit. In addition, there is ample material to hand should a new custodian want to hone their bushcraft skills.
Woodland creatures of all sizes have been spotted amongst the trees including deer (muntjac, roe and fallow), wood mouse, badger, fox and brown hare. A sizeable buck was spied on our most recent visit. The serene habitat attracts innumerable feathered visitors, including owl, woodpecker, cuckoo, greenfinch and a host of chirping songsters.
If It Were Mine
Some trail camaras mounted to trees would be good to record what goes on come nightfall given the abundance of wildlife. Sitting quietly in a hammock soaking up the surroundings is a nice thought. Hornbeam and maybe hazel logs for the hearth would definitely be on my to do list.
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 town of Great Dunmow, head south along the B184 towards The Rodings and Ongar passing over the A120.
- Continue through the villages of High Roding and Aythorpe Roding (this village is known as Roundbush Green on some maps) passing Aythorpe Roding village hall on the right.
- After 5.5 miles you will arrive at the village of Leaden Roding, passing the primary school on the right and fire station on the left.
- At the roundabout, take the first exit left at The Country Shop and then immediately left again (onto High Easter Road) signposted for The Easters.
- Continue along High Easter Road passing over the yellow lines that cross the road as you leave the village and passing the entrance to ‘Chill’s Bodyworks’ on the left.
- After 0.4 miles you will drive through woodland either side of you.
- As the road bears left, you will see a recently installed steel gate set back on the left-hand apex of the bend with our Woods4Sale sign attached (point A on the plan below).
- Please turn right opposite this gate and park in a safe place along the track not obstructing any traffic nor access.
- Climb over the gate (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewings) and the woodland is immediately on the right of the track, indicated by a Hodges Wood name sign a few metres beyond.
- The northern boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The northeastern boundary is the top of an earth bank with ditch, fence and fields beyond.
- The northwestern boundary is the southeastern inside edge of the track, indicated by white paint on occasional wooden and metal posts that maybe offset by a short distance.
- The southern boundary is indicated by the top of the earth bank with ditch, verge and council road beyond.
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 AB.
- There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
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
- Please confirm how you will be funding the purchase and that you have cleared funds available
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.