Morning Copse, near Maidstone, Kent. 2.22 acres of Ancient Woodland with a pond, bluebells and mature oak. £26,500 (freehold) [#S1247]
A superb mature woodland with a seasonal pond, oak and hornbeam with numerous recreational opportunities, serviced by a hard-surfaced track, 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 844 536
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.
Morning Copse is located a short distance southeast of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent and is part of a wider woodland known as Warren Wood, formerly part of the Leeds Castle Estate.
Situated on loamy clay soils that slope gently southeast, the mature canopy comprises majestic oak standards, ash and sweet chestnut. A shrub layer beneath consists of mature hornbeam (known for its good firewood characteristics), young oak, hazel coppice, birch and sycamore. An area of establishing hornbeam, birch and oak towards the northwest corner offers an opportunity for a new owner to begin a simple management programme for this part of the wood, perhaps creating a fuel stock using the existing Forestry Commission thinning licence. A charming seasonal pond towards the northeast boundary would make a perfect spot for overnight camping with a small camp fire. Carpets of bluebells and wood anemone during spring makes the woodland a truly delightful place to be, particularly around the pond.
The mammal population includes badger, fallow deer, fox, wood frog and adder enhancing the woodland’s biodiversity. Feathered visitors include an array of musical songbird species as well as willow tits, buzzards, owls and lesser spotted woodpeckers that can be heard throughout.
Morning Copse is a delightful location for woodland recreation, with the opportunity to yield some quality firewood for the hearth. It benefits from good access along a hard-surfaced track easily navigable with a 2WD car.
If It Were Mine
I would remove the tree shelters in the northwest corner as a first step to manage this area of the woodland. I would certainly hang a hammock between two trees not far from the pond, observing nocturnal wildlife warmed by my campfire. Some hornbeam firewood is a must too!
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 135 metres and you will arrive at a short green and yellow painted wooden post (point B), where the woodland begins on the right.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees on the outside edge of the track.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by yellow paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary is the fence.
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 AB on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a public footpath that runs through 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.
There are also some further restrictions on a 5 metre wide strip between the points D and E (as indicated on the woodland plan). These restrictions prevent building and other activities on this small area. Further information is available from our office.
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 (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- 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
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.