Sweet Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 3.26 acres of mature broadleaf woodland with a pond. £36,500 (freehold) [#S1282]
A charming Ancient Woodland with oak, sweet chestnut and bluebells. Conveniently accessed via a private 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 844 537
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.
Sweet Wood is part of a wider Ancient Woodland known as Warren Wood, formerly part of the Leeds Castle Estate and is situated a short distance southeast of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent.
Located on fertile loamy clay soils that slope very gently southeast, the wood offers a mature canopy predominantly of majestic oak standards, hornbeam, ash, birch, with sweet chestnut coppice towards the west. Below, there is a shrub layer of lush hazel coppice, cherry, hawthorn along with ash, oak, birch and sweet chestnut regeneration. Colourful patches of bluebells and wood anemone carpet the ground layer during spring, creating a delightful scene. Other colourful flora include red campion, blackberry and bracken.
A new owner could devise a plan to further enhance the sweet chestnut, aided by the useful ride that accesses the wood and the Forestry Commission thinning licence already in place. Sweet chestnut is naturally durable, more so than oak even in small dimensions. Some coppiced stems would make some good timber fence posts. There is a seasonal pond near the southwest boundary, a draw for wildlife and a good spot for bushcraft during summer.
Fallow deer, fox, badger and the common dormouse add to the rich diversity of the woodland. The wood also receives a number of feathered visitors including buzzards, lesser spotted woodpeckers, willow tits, and owls. Many acoustic songbirds can also be heard.
Sweet Wood is a superb setting for recreation and yielding some quality firewood. It benefits from good access serviced by a hard-surfaced track navigable with a 2WD car.
If It Were Mine
I would make use of the sweet chestnut coppice and make a plan to produce some fence posts along with a little firewood. I would also consider hiring a flail for the day and open the ride a little more. A camping area near to the pond would also be high on the list, perhaps even a swing from a strong branch for the kids.
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 blue and green painted wooden post (point B), where the woodland begins to the left.
- The northwest boundary BD is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts and trees, DE is the fence.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees on the inside edge of the track.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by white paint on 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
- There is a right of way granted for all times and all purposes over the route ABC on the plan below.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- A short section of public footpath runs through the southwest corner of the wood.
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.