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Old Copse, near Hastings, East Sussex. 4.96 acres of wonderful oak and hornbeam woodland, just 7 miles from the A21 for £53,000 (freehold) [#S1103]


Superb Ancient Woodland set within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to substantial mature oak, open spaces, a stream and stunning views of East Sussex. Offering abundant inspiration for both amenity and recreation with good vehicular access.


East Sussex


4.96 acres




£53,000 (freehold)


OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199

Ordnance Survey Grid References:

- Roadside gate: TQ 796 218

- Centre of wood: TQ 789 217

Nearest postcode: TN32 5RS

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.


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Old Copse is an impressive Ancient Woodland situated in rural East Sussex, not far from the small village of Staplecross. With the bustling medieval town of Hastings some ten miles south, the woodland is in an idyllic location.

Standing on fertile loamy clay soils, Old Copse is a superb example of a woodland that has been thoughtfully managed under a coppice with standards silvicultural system that provides a rich and diverse wildlife habitat. Mature hornbeam and sweet chestnut have recently been coppiced allowing the fine oak standards space to reach full vigour. Extensive natural regeneration of hornbeam, sweet chestnut and some promising field maple can be seen as one walks across the wood’s undulating floor. The southwestern corner retains a good volume of maturing hornbeam coppice in amongst further oak standards, along with some birch and holly populating the understory. This corner of the woodland also enjoys some extensive farmland views looking south and west across the East Sussex countryside. The southern edge of the woodland is fringed by a winding stream and a number of prominent mature ash, yew and sweet chestnut coppice, adding to its diverse charm.

Grassy rides occupy the north and eastern edges of the wood, providing a vibrant mix of flora and fauna including fox glove, soft rush and blue-tailed damselfly. When sitting quietly one may hear the rustle of muntjac moving through the woodland with the pleasant sound of songbird in the background.

Reached via a recently upgraded stone track, this woodland benefits from good year round access suitable for a 2WD vehicle.

If It Were Mine

I would clear an inconspicuous footpath leading towards the southwest corner of the wood and camp under the stars, using one of the gentle hollows in the ground as a fire pit. I would also make use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence and yield some firewood.

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 take the right turn (point X on the plan below) down the track over a stream.
  • Open the steel gate (please close it behind you) and continue along the track through the field to another locked gate (point A), park on the left being careful not to obstruct the track.
  • Climb the gate, sorry we do not supply keys for viewings. Follow the track for 400 metres passing two turns on the left (points B and C).
  • Pass a shed on the right and take the left hand stoned track at the three-pronged junction (point D).
  • Continue straight for 160 metres to the junction at (point E).
  • Turn left and continue straight for 45 metres and you will arrive at the start of the woodland (point F) marked with the sign ‘Old Copse’.


  • The northern boundary is indicated by wooden stakes with blue paint.
  • The eastern boundary is indicated by wooden stakes with red paint.
  • The southern boundary is indicated by the centre of the stream, wooden stakes with white paint and the fence.
  • The western boundary is indicated by the fence.

Sporting Rights

Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain sporting rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the sporting rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.

Mineral Rights

Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain mineral rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the mineral rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land. 

Rights Of Way

  • There is a right of way for all times and all purposes marked XABCDEF on the plan.
  • 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.

Fencing Liabilities

There are no known fencing obligations.

Restrictive Covenants

There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.

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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
  • 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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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 Interest

Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

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