Crunchy Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 1.29 acres of Ancient Broadleaf Woodland. £16,500 (freehold) [#S1276]
A delightful mature wood with oak standards, hornbeam and birch with scope for recreation and wood craft, accessed via 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 843 537
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.
Crunchy Wood lies a short distance southeast of Maidstone in a semi-rural setting in Kent and is part of a wider wooded area known as Warren Wood.
Situated on loam over clay soils that slope gently southeast, the predominantly mature canopy includes majestic oak standards, sweet chestnut coppice and ash. The shrub layer below consists of hornbeam (a species with good firewood characteristics), young oak, hazel coppice, birch and sycamore. An area of establishing birch, ash and oak towards the southwest offers a new owner the opportunity to begin a simple management programme for this part of the copse, perhaps for a fuel stock, using the existing Forestry Commission thinning licence. An attractive open ride towards the northwest boundary gives good access into the wood either for woodland management or overnight camping. Patches of bluebells, primrose and wood anemone make the woodland a charming place to be, particularly during spring.
Feathered visitors include a number of harmonious songsters as well as owls, willow tits, buzzards, and lesser spotted woodpeckers. Frequenting mammal and reptile populations include badger, fox, fallow deer, wood frog and adder.
Formerly part of the Leeds Castle Estate, Crunchy Wood has great potential for a new owner keen on woodland management as well as recreation, with the prospect to also yield some quality firewood. It benefits from good access along a private hard-surfaced track navigable with a 2WD car.
If It Were Mine
I would firstly mow the ride that runs towards the southwest boundary. I would secondly consider a management plan to yield a good stock of firewood to warm my home during the winter months. Some of the trees lend themselves perfectly to a hammock, great for occasional overnighting during summer!
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 50 metres and you will arrive at a short green and blue 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 yellow paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by blue 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 north east of 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.
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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.