Beam Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 3.88 acres of mature broadleaf woodland with pleasant open spaces. £40,000 (freehold) [#S1278]
An Ancient Woodland with large oak standards and mature ash along a quite country lane with private access via a hard track. Situated 2 miles from junction 8 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 188
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access: TQ 844 540
- Centre of wood: TQ 845 539
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.
Once a part of the Leeds Castle Estate, Beam Wood is situated within a wider Ancient Woodland known as Warren Wood, a short drive east of Maidstone.
Located on gentle slopes, the fertile loam over clay soils have produced an impressive stand of majestic oak with mature ash and hazel coppice below. Other species found in the shrub layer include birch, hornbeam, sweet chestnut and an occasional cherry. In a few areas there is some promising ash regeneration. A new owner might prepare a management plan for the regenerating ash that could yield a good winter fuel supply, making use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence currently in place. A delightful patchwork of bluebell (a key Ancient Woodland indicator), wood anemone, willowherb and primrose cover the woodland floor in spring.
Feathered visitors are plentiful; the tap of woodpeckers and the call of buzzards can be heard as well as owl and many harmonious songsters echoing throughout the tree canopy. A wide variety of wildlife move along the forest floor such as fallow deer, badger, fox, adder and wood frog.
Beam Wood benefits from good access via a private hard surfaced track navigable with a 2WD vehicle. This charming woodland offers numerous opportunities for light woodland management or recreation.
If It Were Mine
I would clear a couple of the open locations within the woodland as these would make superb locations for camping and woodcraft. The abundant hazel coppice in the shrub is a very useful material for bushcraft. I would also carefully choose a few of the ash for firewood (ash wood burns green without the need for log seasoning), possibly some birch 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 passing a white cottage on the left.
- After 480 metres, you will arrive at a black security bar gate on the right, indicated by an orange X and our second Woods4Sale sign on a tree (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 where the woodland begins immediately on the right.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by green paint on short wooden posts on the outside edge of the track.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by red paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary DE is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts, EFG is the fence and GA is the edge of the public road indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
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 reserved over the route AB for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
- An easement exists for a water supply pipe between point FC on the plan. Please see the Restrictive Covenants section for further information.
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 (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
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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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.