March Copse, near Ashford, Kent. 0.21 acres of tranquil mature broadleaf woodland with good access. £8,000 (freehold) [#S1277]
An attractive Ancient Woodland with large oak, hornbeam and numerous recreational opportunities in a countryside location. Conveniently located 5 miles from junction 9 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 189
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access: TQ 949 429
- Centre of wood: TQ 951 429
Nearest postcode: TN26 1EW
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.
March Copse is part of a wider Ancient Woodland area known as Hoads Wood and lies 5 miles west of Ashford in peaceful rural Kent.
Located on level and fertile loamy clay soils, the canopy predominantly comprises majestic oak and ash with mature hornbeam just beneath (known for its good fuel properties). Below, a shrub layer consisting of regenerating hornbeam, ash and sycamore has shaped a rich woodland environment. Perfect for an enthusiastic naturalist, the woodland is of high conservation value; Hoads Wood is designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Patches of wild woodland flora including bluebell and primrose, cover the ground layer during spring, followed by bilberry and blackberry later in the summer.
The wildlife population is abundant; yellow-necked mouse, fallow deer, sparrowhawk, buzzard, tree pipit, and many tuneful songsters regularly frequent the wood.
This secluded and quiet copse offers many amenity and woodland management opportunities for a woodsman keen to learn about the natural environment. Access is along a hard-surfaced track, navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle.
March Copse is subject to an Article 4 Direction that amongst other matters, prohibits permitted development rights to erect forestry buildings and fences. Therefore, to erect either of these, full planning approval is required.
If It Were Mine
As an avid woodland ecologist and the woodland being designated as SSSI, I would be very keen to study the woodland wildlife and habit. I would also consider carefully selecting either a little of the ash or hornbeam for fuelling the wood burner over the chiller months.
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 Hothfield village, continue south towards Bethersden along Fridd Lane keeping the long red brick wall on the left.
- After 1.3 miles, turn left at the black Belmont Business Centre sign, towards Bethersden and Tenterden.
- Continue along Fridd Lane for 0.5 miles crossing over the railway line.
- 120 metres after the railway bridge, you will see the entrance to the wider woodland on the left, indicated by a wooden 5 bar gate with a white cross and a Hoad’s Wood sign on a tree (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing the entrance into the wood.
- Climb the gate and bear immediately to the left. Continue along the track for 225 metres passing a short wooden post with white paint and you will arrive at the woodland on the left (point B), indicated by a red X on a tree.
- The north boundary is indicated by green paint on trees.
- The east boundary is indicated by green paint on trees and wooden posts.
- The west boundary is indicated by green paint on trees and wooden posts.
- The south boundary is the centre of the track.
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 over the route AB.
- The south boundary is the centre of the track, there is a right of way for the owner of March Copse and a right reserved for the benefit of the woodland beyond, between the points BC.
- All shared rights of way are covered by a maintenance clause, with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are some fencing restrictions.
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.
The woodland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To view the citation, click on the following link.
There is a restrictive covenant that states that ‘no hut or temporary dwelling tent caravan house on wheels or encampment (except for temporary agricultural workers) shall be placed on the property’
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.