Thurnham Wood, Bredhurst, nr. Gillingham and Chatham, Kent. 0.78 acres of Ancient Woodland with mature mixed broadleaves. £9,500 (freehold) [#S1249]
A superb sweet chestnut and oak woodland with bluebells in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 1.7 miles form junction 4 of the M2.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 178
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access point: TQ 798 621
- Centre of wood: TQ 801 614
Nearest postcode: ME7 3JZ
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.
Thurnham Wood is part of a wider Ancient Woodland known as Bredhurst Wood situated just south of Bredhurst village, in semi-rural Kent.
This lovely woodland sits on level well drained lime over chalk soils resulting in a strong canopy of majestic sweet chestnut coppice (a handful of them approximately 400 years old), oak standards and occasional ash. A lush shrub layer of hazel coppice, hornbeam, sycamore and holly occupy beneath. An occasional yew and Norway spruce in the understory also enhance this copse. Carpets of bluebell (an Ancient Woodland indicator), purple orchid, blackberry and lush green mosses add vibrancy to the ground layer.
Rich mammal populations regularly frequent the woodland, ranging from badger, yellow-necked mouse and dormouse. Feather visitors are abundant; buzzard, sparrowhawk, greenfinch, cuckoo, treecreeper and many harmonious songsters can be heard.
This manageable woodland presents huge scope for an enthusiastic woodsperson to produce a stock of domestic fuel as well as providing a good location for bushcraft. Thurnham Wood benefits from good access along a hard track that extends along both its north-eastern and south-eastern boundaries, useful for woodland management purposes.
An Article 4 direction covers Thurnham Wood and the wider woodland which we believe precludes the building of any structures without planning permission.
If It Were Mine
I would clear an area towards the north-eastern part of the woodland to create a small camp fire, perhaps setting up a hammock for overnighting. I would also consider a management programme to yield some firewood for those chilly winter nights at home.
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 4 of the M2, head north on the A278 towards Gillingham.
- After 0.5 miles, turn right at the roundabout towards Wigmore Parkwood and turn right again at the mini roundabout onto Wigmore Road, sign posted towards Bredhurst.
- Continue along Wigmore Road, crossing over the mini roundabout.
- After 0.4 miles, turn right at the roundabout towards Bredhurst and continue along Maidstone Road (changing into ‘The Street’ shortly after) passing the Wigmore coach park and ride on the left and over the bridge.
- After 0.6 miles, turn left at the school and The Bell pub onto Hurstwood Road.
- After 278 metres you will arrive at a public byway entrance (point A) on the right, indicated by the ‘Permit holders only Except for access’ sign on a steel gate.
- Please park safely not obstructing any entrances, bridleway or traffic.
- From here, climb the gate and walk along the bridleway, continuing downhill and passing under the power lines (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewings).
- After 800 metres, bear sharply left (point B) and continue up the track.
- After 340 metres, take the fork right (point C) passing a second steel gate on the left and continue along the track.
- After 140 metres, take the fork left (point D) through the third steel gate and along the track for 125 metres. The woodland is ahead and to the left (point E), indicated by our Woods4Sale sign on the tree and a short wooden post painted blue.
- The byway (ABCD) leading to Thurnham Wood has a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) on it and any vehicle using it must obtain a permit from Kent County Council. Once a permit has been obtained, a lock combination code can be provided to a new owner by Kent County Council.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by blue paint on trees and wooden posts.
- The southeast boundary is the centre of the track.
- The southwest boundary is the centre of the track.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by blue paint on trees and wooden posts.
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
- A right of way is granted for over the route ABCDE on the plan below.
- There is a right of way for the owner of Thurnham Wood and a right reserved for the benefit of the woodland beyond, over the routes EF and EG.
- There is a public footpath along the edge of the southwest boundary.
- There is a bridleway along the edge of the southeast boundary.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
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.
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.