Yates Wood, near Bracknell, Berkshire. 5.98 acres of Ancient Woodland and pasture on the edge of a tranquil river, with oak standards and bluebells. 30 miles west of London. £85,000 (freehold) [#S1239]
A charming broadleaf woodland with oak, ash and willow with the benefit of some pasture land, bordered by a meandering river. Good access, 5.5 miles from junction 8/9 of the M4.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 175
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SU 856 744
- Centre of wood: SU 857 744
Nearest postcode: RG42 5QU
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.
Yates Wood is a superb Ancient Woodland combined with useful pasture land located a short distance north of Bracknell on the fringes of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Standing on level fertile loamy soils, the canopy consists predominately of majestic oak standards and ash, with a lush shrub layer below of holly, birch, sycamore, hazel coppice, field maple and occasional Lawson cypress. The eastern boundary is flanked by an attractive river known as The Cut that meanders gently north, where a number of willow and oak embellish its banks. Occasional elderflower trees also occupy this area of the copse, perfect for homemade cordial! Looking a delight during spring, carpets of bluebells (a key Ancient Woodland indicator) cover the ground layer of the woodland, as well as willow herb, primrose, Himalayan balsam and daffodils along the pathways.
The property is accessed from the southwest off a quiet lane through a wooden five bar gate, with internal vehicular access leading into the copse via a discrete soft track, allowing a new owner to potentially extract a little firewood for the hearth. Additionally, the river can be easily accessed via grassy footpaths that wander along the water’s edge. The paddock areas to the northwest and southwest make perfect locations for grazing or possibly sowing a wild flower meadow, further enhancing the insect habitat.
Wildlife is abundant; feathered visitors to both the river and the woodland include grey heron, mallard, kingfisher, little owl, sedge warbler, buzzard, red kite (both nesting close by) and sparrowhawk as well as many acoustic songsters. Mammal populations comprise of roe deer, fox, badger and common pipistrelle.
We are not often instructed to sell woods in this location and Yates Wood offers enormous scope for a new owner to explore woodland life with a young family and further enhance it for recreational use.
Please note that there is a narrow strip of this woodland that was omitted by the Land Registry but has always been within the woodland boundary. Our clients have applied for a Possessory Title to rectify this situation.
If It Were Mine
I would perhaps use one of the paddocks for a pony to graze. Some ash firewood would certainly be on the agenda too. Family barbeques by the river are a must, though I would also simply want to enjoy this wonderful location on my own, setting up a hammock by the river for the night, quietly observing visiting wildlife.
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 junction 8/9 of the M4, take the third exit onto the A308(M) towards Maidenhead (Central).
- After 0.6 miles, take the fourth exit off the roundabout signposted towards Ascot and continue along the A330, passing through Holyport Village.
- After 3 miles, turn right at the roundabout onto Drift Road and continue towards Shurlock Row and Waltham St Lawrence passing the New Farm Fishery.
- After 0.8 miles, turn left at the roundabout onto Howe Lane and continue towards Binfield and Wokingham.
- After 0.5 miles, cross over a small river bridge (called Buck Bridge) with white railings either side.
- After 50 metres you will see a turning on the left called Westley Mill and our Woods4Sale sign on the corner tree.
- Turn left onto Westley Mill and continue down the lane for 120 metres until you arrive at a wooden five bar gate on the left opposite a farmhouse with white gates. The five bar gate on the left is the entrance to the wood.
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing the entrance to the farmhouse or through traffic.
- Open the gate and proceed into the woodland, please close the gate behind you.
- The Land Registry plan indicates the northeast boundary as being the river bank, but in reality is assumed to be the centre of the river.
- All other boundaries are fenced (the fence to the northwest boundary is dilapidated).
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 statue.
Rights Of Way
There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
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.
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
- 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.