Pippen Wood, Kinnersley, Herefordshire. A poplar plantation within an Ancient Woodland site, a short drive from Hereford. 1.72 acres, £19,000 (freehold) [#F1293]
A delightfully young poplar wood intermixed with coppiced hazel in rural Herefordshire.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 148
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SO 335 501
- Centre of wood: SO 341 504
Nearest postcode: HR3 6LD
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.
Pippen Wood is predominantly an interesting mixture of poplar trees planted approximately 20 years ago, amongst old hazel coppice stools, situated at the northern tip of a wider oak and Douglas fir woodland. The woodland as a whole is designated as an Ancient Woodland in recognition that it is a site where trees have been grown continuously since on or before 1600.
It is surrounded on 3 sides with apple orchards, grown by a nearby farmer specifically for the cider making industry (so I wouldn’t do any scrumping as they aren’t that sweet!). Surrounded by farmland however, means you would rarely be disturbed, except by the sounds of the occasional passing tractor or distant cow mooing. The woodland is accessed along a recently upgraded hard surfaced track, off the main Kinnersely to Almely road. The track is in excellent condition so access with a 2WD vehicle is very easy. The woodland is essentially flat and there is a place to park at the end of the track.
The woodland is thought to be an old hazel coppice woodland, that was planted with a secondary crop of poplar. At the moment, with the leaves fallen, you miss the quiet whisper of poplar leaves in the wind that is synonymous with this species, but you can still feel the peaceful sanctuary this woodland offers. Both the poplar and the hazel could do with a light thin, (providing ample wood to keep a home fire going in the autumn months) and giving the remaining trees a bit more space to continue good growth. The thinning operation is covered by a current Forestry Commission Thinning Licence. The occasional hawthorn seeds, brought in by a visiting winged friend, have taken root and grown into small trees, and can be found dotted throughout the woodland.
The trees and other vegetation are growing up on freely draining, reasonably fertile soil and as such a variety of ground vegetation is competing for light; amongst these are the soft fern, dog’s mercury and bramble.
The songbird population is active and varied in this woodland, as well as the grey squirrels running up and down the poplar trees. A hare was spooked at our last visit, and elsewhere in the wider wood, rabbit holes were found.
If It Were Mine
From a good forest management standpoint, the poplar would benefit from a light thin to promote continued growth, and I would take it a step further by thinning a bit more heavily around the hazel coppice stools. Couple this with cutting the hazel and re-coppicing it, this would create wonderful pockets of open space in the woodland that would encourage a flourish of wild flowers in the spring (and also allow for some nice open spaces to occasionally camp, warmed by the cut poplar and hazel on an open fire!).
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.
This video is of the larger woodland as a whole and is not representative of any specific part of the woodland.
Directions & Access
- Driving from Hereford, take the A438 hearing north westerly towards Brecon.
- Continue for approximately 2.5 miles along the A438, turn immediately right after you pass the Wyevale Garden Centre on the right, onto the A480, in the direction of Stretton Sugwas, Credenhill and Weobley.
- Keep on the A480 for approximately 10 miles.
- When you reach Sarnesfield, turn left onto the A4112, signposted for Brecon and Kinnersley.
- Drive for 2 miles, driving into Kinnersley, and turn right, signposted for Almeley.
- The woodland entrance is on the right-hand side (a 12-foot galvanised steel gate) approximately 0.7 miles down the narrow single track road (point X on the plan below). Directly opposite the gate should be a Woods4Sale sign.
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road, not obstructing the gates or through traffic. Sorry we do not provide the code or keys for viewing (please note, buyers will have full vehicular access into the wood upon completion).
- Climb the gates and continue east along the forest track for approximately 100 metres to a second gate (point A).
- Climb the gate and continue along the track for a further 40 metres until you come to a timber gate and a Woods4Sale sign (point B).
- Climb the gate and continue along the track until you reach a set of wooden posts with green paint, this is the western boundary of the woodland (point C).
- The eastern, western and northern boundaries are the woodland edge, with farmland immediately adjacent.
- The southern boundary is marked by trees and posts marked with green paint.
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 over XABC.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
- All shared rights of way are covered by a maintenance clause, with liability according to use.
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
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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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.