Hammer Copse, near Staplecross, East Sussex. 3.04 acres of mixed broadleaf with all year vehicular access. £36,500 (freehold) [#S1035]
A thriving biodiverse woodland including plantation oak and pine, incorporating great access and open spaces with high potential in a quiet location.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 796 218.
- Centre of wood: TQ 789 221.
Nearest postcode: TN32 5QL.
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.
Hammer Copse is a charming north facing amenity woodland located in one of the more tranquil locations of rural East Sussex, near the sleepy village of Staplecross. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the woodland lies seven miles north of the attractive medieval town of Hastings.
Primary access is along a recently resurfaced track that meanders its way through the wider woodland. It also benefits from additional access to the southern area of the woodland via a grass ride. Hammer Copse is set mainly on fairly acidic but fertile loamy soils, with substantial young oak avenues sloping gently northwest. It has the added advantage of being bordered by grassy rides, making the woodland largely accessible from many locations within the boundary.
On arrival at the southeast corner of the woodland, one is initially greeted with the distinct aroma from a small number of well-formed Scots pine, flanked by fruitful damson bushes. Once amongst this young woodland, planted some 25 years ago, one will notice a generous mix of thriving deciduous tree species complimenting the Scots pine and oak, such as hornbeam, crab-apple, hawthorn, ash and field maple.
The southwestern part of Hammer Copse is more densely stocked, comprising some impressive hawthorn and beech. This part of the woodland also offers some pleasant farmland views looking west. The rides create attractive open spaces that show signs of past habitat management, hosting wildflowers including orchids. This has created a rich environment for the notable insect life such as migrant hawker, wasp nest beetle and butterfly. Wild mammal populations are substantial with trails zigzagging throughout the woodland, sightings of muntjac and badger are certainly not uncommon. Bird life in the local area is also extensive, including sightings of kestrel and buzzard to name a few.
Hammer Copse is easily accessed from much of the southeast and offers huge potential. Perfect not only for a weekend camping learning about woodland life, but also the possibility of some light silvicultural practice creating a small supply of domestic wood fuel.
If It Were Mine
I would begin by removing the tree shelters. I would then thin the well-stocked southwestern section of the woodland, favouring the best hawthorn and beech trees for a sustainable domestic firewood supply, making use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence. I would also take advantage of the open space and rides to spend weekends camping during the warmer months, fuelling campfires from the woodland.
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
- Take the A21 northwards from Hastings, after around five miles take the B2244 signposted Sedlescombe.
- Continue through the village of Sedlescombe and for around 4 miles passing Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard on the left.
- At the junction take the righthand turn B2165 signposted Staplecross, at the village follow the road round to the right after a mile you pass Chalk Down Lime builders supplies.
- Take the immediate right down Ellenwhorne Lane, continue down the lane for ½ a mile and turn right at the farm track (indicated by a yellow X marked on a tree), crossing over a stream (point A on the plan below).
- Open the gate (please close it behind you) and continue along the track through the field to a locked gate (point B) with a woodland management sign.
- Park on the left being careful not to obstruct the track.
- Climb the gate, (sorry we do not supply keys for viewings) and follow the track for 400 metres passing a turn on the left (point C).
- Turn right (point D) and continue up the hill.
- Pass a shed on the right and take the right-hand track at the junction (point E) and continue for 260 metres, passing through some mature woodland.
- Turn to the left (point F), then continue for 80 metres and the entrance to Hammer Copse is on the left (point G) indicated by the wooden sign.
- The southern boundary is on the outside edge of the rides, marked by wooden posts with green paint.
- The eastern boundary is on the outside edge of the access track, marked by wooden posts with white paint.
- The western boundary is on the outside edge of the rides, marked on a fence with green paint.
- The northern boundary is on the inside of the access track and rides, marked by wooden posts with green paint.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way for all times and all purposes marked ABCDEFG and JK on the plan.
- A right of way is reserved between point GH for the benefit of the woodlands beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all of the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
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:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- The full contact details (full name, address & phone number) and date of birth of the legal purchaser(s)
- 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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.