Goldwell Copse, near Ashford, Kent. 0.24 acres of peaceful mature broadleaf woodland within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. £5,000 (freehold) [#S1197]
An attractive and manageable woodland in a rural location with hornbeam and oak. Conveniently located 5 miles from junction 9 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No:
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access point: TQ 949 429
- Centre of wood: TQ 952 429
Nearest postcode: TN26 1ER
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.
Goldwell Copse is a delightful amenity wood sitting amongst a much wider Ancient Woodland area, 5 miles west of Ashford.
Situated on level loam over clay soils, there is a strong canopy of mature hornbeam, oak, ash and birch. Below, a lush scrub layer consisting of hazel coppice, sycamore and hawthorn has produced a rich woodland environment. The copse is of high conservation value and thus designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), perfect for a keen naturalist wanting to learn more about wooded habitats. An assemblage of wild woodland flora carpets the ground layer during spring, including primrose, bluebell, bilberry, bramble and ferns such as broad buckler.
Fauna and bird life are in abundance; fallow deer, yellow-necked mouse, tree pipit, sparrowhawk and many tuneful songbirds are frequent visitors. An attractive mossy earth bund runs north to south towards the eastern boundary, adding an extra sense of privacy.
This quiet and secluded woodland offers numerous recreational opportunities for family camping and learning about the natural environment. Goldwell Copse is accessed via a soft track that would be navigable with a light 4WD.
Goldwell Copse is subject to an Article 4 Direction preventing some types of permitted development at the property.
If It Were Mine
I would firstly strim the access track, then clear an open area to create a space for overnighting, perhaps assembling some hammocks between trees. A small amount of coppiced hazel might not go amiss for practising bushcraft with friends and family.
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 Hothfield village, continue south towards Bethersden along Fridd Lane keeping the long red brick wall on the left.
- After 1.3 miles, turn left at the black Belmont Business Centre sign, towards Bethersden and Tenterden.
- Continue along Fridd Lane for 0.5 miles crossing over the railway line.
- 120 metres after the railway bridge, you will see the entrance to the wider woodland on the left, indicated by a wooden 5 bar gate with a white cross and a Hoad’s Wood sign on a tree (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing the entrance into the wood.
- Climb the gate and bear immediately to the left. Continue along the track for 80 metres and turn left at the short wooden post with white paint (point B).
- Continue into the woodland following the occasional red arrows painted on trees indicating the access track to the woodland.
- After 250 metres you will arrive at the woodland ahead, indicated by the Woods4Sale sign on a tree where the woodland begins (point C).
- The north boundary is the centre of the track.
- The west boundary is indicated by trees and wooden posts painted orange.
- The east boundary is indicated by wooden posts painted orange.
- The south boundary is indicated by wooden posts painted orange.
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
- The north boundary is the centre of the track, there is a right of way for the owner of Goldwell Copse and a right reserved for the benefit of the woodland beyond, between the points C and D.
- All shared rights of way are covered by a maintenance clause, with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are no fencing liabilities.
Tree Preservation Order
The woodland is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This does not prevent appropriate tree felling. However, the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained in advance.
The woodland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To view the citation, click on the following link.
There is a restrictive covenant that states ‘no hut or temporary dwelling tent caravan house on wheels or encampment (except for temporary agricultural workers) shall be placed on the property’.
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
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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.