The Sidings, near Maidstone, Kent. 1.76 acres of Ancient Broadleaf Woodland. £23,500 (freehold) [#S1298]
A mature wood with large sweet chestnut coppice and oak along the edge of a country lane accessed via a hard 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.
Part of a wider wooded area known as Warren Wood, The Sidings is located a short distance southeast of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent.
Situated on loam over clay soils that slope gently northwest, the predominantly mature canopy includes majestic sweet chestnut coppice and oak standards. The shrub layer below consists of young hazel coppice and thickets of sycamore and ash. An area of establishing birch, ash and oak towards the south offers a new owner the opportunity to begin a simple plan to yield some firewood from this part of the copse, using the existing Forestry Commission thinning licence. An attractive open area in the middle of the wood could be a lovely overnighting location if cleared. Patches of bluebells, primrose and wood anemone make the woodland a delightful place to be during spring.
Frequent mammal and reptile visitors include badger, fox, fallow deer, wood frog and adder. Feathered visitors include a number of acoustic songsters as well as owls, buzzards, willow tits, and lesser spotted woodpeckers.
Previously part of the Leeds Castle Estate, The Sidings has superb potential for a new owner keen to learn about woodland management as well as recreation, with the prospect to also yield some quality firewood. Flanking the edge of a country lane, it benefits from good access along a hard-surfaced track navigable with a 2WD car.
If It Were Mine
I would clear the open space towards the centre and then consider producing a good stock of fuel to warm my home during the winter months. Some of the trees would be ideal for 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 the woodland is immediately on the right.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts on the outside edge of the track which may be offset by a short distance.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northwest boundary DE is indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts, EF is the steel barrier and FA is the edge of the public road indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts and trees which may be offset by a short distance.
- 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
- 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 the is 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.