Moore Wood, near Canterbury, Kent. 9.44 acres of superb Ancient Woodland in a semi-rural location. £85,000 (freehold) [#S1279]
A tranquil, secluded woodland with mature sweet chestnut coppice and oak standards, with good access and a large seasonal pond, 4 miles west of Canterbury.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 179
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access: TR 087 586
- Centre of wood: TR 085 583
Nearest postcode: ME13 9LN
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.
Moore Wood forms part of a much larger ancient wooded area known as South Bishops Den, located a short distance west of the cathedral city of Canterbury in semi-rural Kent.
Situated among level fertile loamy clay soils, the canopy consists mainly of mature sweet chestnut coppice and with a few majestic oak standards (approximately 90 years old) and silver birch. Beneath is a shrub layer of lush hazel coppice, holly, birch and sweet chestnut regeneration. Blackberry, rushes, primrose, gorse and occasional honeysuckle occupy the ground layer.
Moore Wood has been in the ownership of our clients for a number of years and they have carefully coppiced a small area of sweet chestnut towards the southeast of the wood, using a Forestry Commission felling licence (in place until January 2022 and which will be transferred to the new owner). This part of the wood is now regenerating very well from the stools; a basic management programme could now be drawn up by a new owner planning for a future fuel stock. A delightful seasonal pond lies in the southern corner - this would make a lovely location for summer camping.
A range of bird life includes, lesser redpoll, shoveler, short-eared owl, nightjar, and many acoustic songsters. Buzzards have also been heard circling above the canopy. A rich mammal population includes fox, muntjac deer, yellow-necked mouse and badger.
Moore Wood benefits from good access serviced by a hard track navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle, leading to a parking area at the woodland entrance, and offers numerous opportunities for recreation and woodland management.
If It Were Mine
I would certainly clear an area by the seasonal pond for some bushcraft activities and overnighting. A management plan would also be a priority, ensuring the well managed wood fuel supply continues. Food foraging would be fun with the family picking blackberry and edible yellow flowers from the gorse bushes for salads.
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 Canterbury, travel southwest along the A28 passing Dunelm on the left and join the A2 signed to London (M2).
- Continue along the A2 for 3.1 miles and take the exit slip road signed for Gate Services, passing the Travel Lodge until you reach the Esso garage on the left.
- For the purposes of viewing please park in a suitable location behind the Esso garage building using the free parking facilities.
- From here continue on foot, take the left turn 20 metres after the Esso garage building (point A on the plan below) and continue along a tarmac lane with a short white fence to either side shortly after.
- After 115 metres you will arrive at three entrances, the middle of which has large black residential gates. The track leading to the woodland is to the left of the large black gates with a locked steel gate (point B).
- Walk round the locked steel gate (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings) and continue along the stone track with the wooden panel fence and caravan park on the right.
- After 250 metres walk round the second steel gate with white paint on a wooden post on the right (point C).
- Continue southwest along the track and after 30 metres you will arrive at the woodland on the right, indicated by a green X on an oak tree (point D).
- The northwest and northeast boundary between D and F is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees inside the track.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by red paint on wooden posts.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are not included in the sale.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted for all times and all purposes over the route ABCDE on the plan below.
- 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.
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.
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
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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.