Sparrow Wood, near Ashford, Kent. 0.36 acres of broadleaf woodland and glade with vehicular access. £6,000 (freehold) [#S1309]
A lovely woodland with large oaks and open spaces, with numerous recreational opportunities in a peaceful rural location. Conveniently situated 5 miles from junction 9 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 189
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 949 429
- Centre of wood: TQ 950 428
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.
Sparrow Wood forms part of a wider Ancient Woodland known as Hoads Wood and lies 5 miles west of Ashford in tranquil rural Kent.
Situated on level and fertile loam over clay soils, the open woodland comprises a number of majestic oak, ash and hornbeam (a useful firewood). Towards the southwest, a bushy shrub area of maturing hornbeam and hazel coppice has created a rich environment for visiting wildlife. The copse is of high conservation value; Hoads Wood is designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), perfect for a keen environmentalist. Patches of wild flora and grasses including juncus, bluebell and primrose cover the ground layer during spring, followed by fruitful blackberry and bilberry in the latter months.
Mammal and feathered visitors are abundant; fallow deer, yellow-necked mouse, buzzard, sparrowhawk, owl, tree pipit, and many harmonious songbirds regularly frequent the area.
This peaceful location offers many opportunities for a new owner enthusiastic to learn about the natural environment and bush craft. Navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle, access is along a hard-surfaced track.
Sparrow Wood 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
This woodland is perfect for day trips with close friends and family and would be a superb location for summer barbeques. Also, as a passionate woodland ecologist, I would be very keen to study and quietly observed the woodland’s wildlife.
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 keep to the right of the track and continue for 90 metres bearing left at the track fork.
- Continue for 30 metres and the woodland is on the right (point B), indicated by a wooden fence post with blue paint at the top.
- The northeast boundary is centre of the track.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional trees and wooden posts.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional trees and wooden posts.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional trees and wooden posts.
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 northeast boundary is the centre of the track, there is a right of way for the owner of Sparrow Wood 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.