Chestnut Bank Wood, High Hurstwood, Crowborough, East Sussex. 14.62 acres of mixed Ancient Woodland with a seasonal stream in a remote location. £130,000 (freehold) [#S1256]
A superb and peaceful woodland containing mature oak, beech, sweet chestnut and Scots pine in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with good access.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 503 269
- Centre of wood: TQ 503 266
Nearest postcode: TN22 4AE
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.
Chestnut Bank Wood is situated a short distance from the hamlet of High Hurstwood and is part of a wider forested area in rural East Sussex.
The copse is located on gently sloping ground among largely free draining loamy brown earths over clay. A strong mixed canopy consists of mid to late rotation sweet chestnut coppice (perfect for a wood fuel stock), a variety of majestic broadleaves including beech, oak and ash and a small area of thinned Scots pine towards the south east. Below, a shrub layer consists of holly, young beech (a good shade bearing species known for its regeneration), yew, hazel and birch. A lush ground layer comprises ferns, rushes, wild rose, blackberry and occasional bluebells.
Part of the western boundary is fringed by a delightful seasonal stream with a number of large yews on its banks. Handy internal soft tracks looping round the wood make it highly accessible for a new owner to carry out light woodland management. These tracks also offer access to superb camping locations throughout. At the woodland entrance the previous owner has constructed a log stillage which could be useful for firewood extraction purposes.
Wildlife populations are abundant in this peaceful wood; deer (roe and fallow), badger, fox, pipistrelle, long-tailed tit, sparrowhawk and buzzard are regular visitors, as well as many tuneful songsters.
Chestnut Bank Wood is accessed through its own private five bar gate via a forest track we believe to be hard surfaced in places, suitable for a light 4WD. This charming location with far reaching views from its southern boundary offers numerous opportunities both for recreation and an enthusiastic woodsman to enjoy.
If It Were Mine
I would consider a simple management plan for the sweet chestnut coppice; this way I could ensure a long-term supply of fuel for my wood burning stove at home. Camping with a small fire is an absolute must! I would also think about adding a rope swing for the young (and young at heart!), perhaps from one of the large beech trees towards the west.
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 Crowborough, continue south along the A26 towards Uckfield and Lewes.
- After 2 miles, turn left just before The Crown and Gate Inn pub onto Chillies Lane, signed for High Hurstwood.
- After 2 miles, turn sharply left at the fork junction just after the school in High Hurstwood village onto Burnt Oak Road, signed for Jarvis Brook and Rotherfield.
- Continue for 1 mile and you will arrive at three wooden five bar gates on the right, indicated by a hanging post with red paint at the top (point A on the plan below).
- Please park safely not obstructing traffic or any of the gates for other key holders (sorry, we do not proved keys for viewings).
- Climb over the set of double wooden gates and continue along the track keeping the fenced off bridleway on the right.
- After 330 metres you will arrive at a wooden five bar gate on the right with a second gate just after it indicated by our Woods4Sale sign attached (point C). The woodland begins after the first gate.
- The north boundary is the low earth bund with wooden posts and trees with green paint.
- The south boundary between DE is the fence and occasional wooden posts and trees with red paint.
- The west boundary between EF is the earth bund with blue paint on trees, between FG is the fence, between GH is the centre of the stream.
- The east boundary is the centre of the bridleway, but this has been double fenced to prevent any access into the woodland.
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.
- There is a fenced off public bridleway just inside the east boundary between BCD.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
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
- 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.