Waterlane Copse, near Maidstone, Kent. 4.16 acres of charming oak and ash woodland with bluebells and a stream. £40,000 (freehold) [#S1226]
A lovely Ancient Woodland with carpets of bluebell and wood anemone. Conveniently accessed via a hard surfaced track only 2 miles from junction 8 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 188
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 843 538
- Centre of wood: TQ 845 537
Nearest postcode: ME17 1QG
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.
Waterlane Copse is part of a wider Ancient Woodland known as Warren Wood, formerly part of the Leeds Castle Estate and lies a short distance southeast of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent.
Situated on fertile loam over clay soils that slope very gently southeast, a mature canopy comprises majestic oak standards, hornbeam, ash, birch and occasional sweet chestnut. A shrub layer of lush hazel coppice, hawthorn and some promising ash regeneration can be found beneath. A new owner could begin a management plan to further enhance this, using the Forestry Commission thinning licence already in place. Swathes of bluebells and wood anemone carpet the ground layer during spring, making the copse a delight to be in. Further colourful flora include red campion, blackberry and bracken. An appealing seasonal stream meanders through the middle of the copse eventually arriving at the southeast boundary, where attractive rural views can also be enjoyed.
The wood has many feathered visitors including buzzards, lesser spotted woodpeckers, willow tits, and owls. Many harmonious songsters can also be heard. Populations of mammals often frequent; fallow deer, fox, badger and the common dormouse add to the rich diversity of the woodland.
Waterlane Copse is a superb setting for recreation and yielding some quality firewood. It benefits from good access serviced by a hard surfaced track navigable with a 2WD vehicle.
If It Were Mine
I would make good use of the hazel coppice, perhaps fashioning some walking canes. A stock of firewood is a must for my log burner at home; I would carefully select a few of the ash for this, possibly a little of the birch too. A barbeque or two in the summer, perhaps near southeast boundary would also feature in my plans.
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 junction 8 of the M20, head southeast on the A20 towards Lenham and Leeds Castle.
- Passing the Mercure Hotel on the right, take the second exit off the roundabout and continue on the A20 towards Lenham and Herrietsham.
- Shortly after, take the first exit off the roundabout and continue along the A20.
- After half a mile, turn left just after the Park Gate Inn pub on the right, onto Hospital Road.
- Continue along the lane passing under the motorway and bear left, crossing a railway bridge after 90 metres.
- Bear right and continue along Hospital Road for 200 metres and you will see our Woods4Sale sign and after 30 metres on the right, a black security bar gate (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing through traffic. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Climb under the security bar and continue along the stone track for 220 metres and you will arrive at a short white and green painted wooden post just after the culvert (point B), where the woodland begins on the left.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southeast boundary is the low earth bund with fields beyond between ED and the centre of the stream between DC.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by white paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees.
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 for all times and all purposes over the route ABC on the plan below.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this 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
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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.