Sleepers Wood, near Ashford, Kent. 0.32 acres of lovely mature mixed broadleaves in a rural setting, 55 miles from London. £7,000 (freehold) [#S1434]
Stunning oak and sweet chestnut woodland with recreational and conservation opportunities. Conveniently located 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 951 429
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.
Sleepers Wood is situated amongst a larger Ancient Woodland known as Hoads Wood, 5 miles west of Ashford in rural Kent.
Located on fertile loamy clay soils, the mature canopy comprises majestic oak, sweet chestnut, ash and birch with mature hornbeam just below; this hornbeam could make very good fuel for the home hearth. The lush shrub layer consists of hazel coppice, sycamore, along with regenerating hornbeam and ash, shaping a diverse woodland environment.
Great for an enthusiastic naturalist, the woodland is of high conservation value; Hoads Wood is designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Woodland flora including bluebell, wood anemone and primrose create a delightful patchwork during spring, embellishing the ground layer.
There are a few areas which would make ideal spots to sit and quietly observe visiting wildlife which include fallow deer, yellow-necked mouse, sparrowhawk, buzzard, tree pipit, and numerous acoustic songsters.
The woodland offers a range of light management and recreational opportunities for a weekend woodsman.
Sleepers 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
I would firstly consider installing a beehive, perhaps toward northern boundary. I would also look at opening up the access a little by hiring a flail mower for the day. Some hornbeam would make excellent logs to burn on a chilly night at home.
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, 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 ‘X’ 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 bear immediately to the left. Continue along the track for 80 metres and turn left at the short wooden post with white paint onto the soft track (point B).
- Continue into the woodland following the occasional red arrows painted on trees indicating the access track to the woodland.
- After 190 metres you will arrive at Sleepers Wood, indicated by a green X on a tree with two bands of blue paint just below it (point C).
- You will notice one of our Woods4Sale signs in the distance beyond, this located towards southeast corner of Sleepers Wood, but just outside its boundary.
- The north boundary is the railway fence with railway beyond.
- The east boundary is indicated by yellow paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The south boundary is the centre of the track, indicated by blue paint occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The west boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional 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 over the route ABC.
- The south boundary is the centre of the track, there is a right of way for the owner of Sleeper Wood and a right reserved for the benefit of the woodland beyond, between the points CD.
- 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.