Bankers Wood, near Petworth, West Sussex. 4.74 acres of mature broadleaves with a stream and vehicular access in a rural location. £69,000 (freehold) [#S1601]
A lovely woodland mixed comprising oak, beech and Norway spruce in a tranquil rural location with recreational opportunities, 5 miles from Petworth.
GU28 9JY (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 197
- Roadside gate: SU 992 285
- Centre of wood: SU 995 292
Bankers Wood forms part of a larger forested area known as Roundwyck Copse and is situated five miles north of the 17th century town of Petworth in West Sussex.
Largely a replanted Ancient Woodland, it is located on south facing loamy clay soils with a mature canopy comprising magnificent oak (many of the stems are of superb quality), ash, hornbeam, sycamore and birch with lush hazel coppice and holly in the shrub below. There are also some majestic Norway spruce occupying the northeast corner. Come spring, patches of bluebell, wood anemone, primrose and fern embellish the mossy ground layer crating a chamming woodland scene.
There are a few level places towards the north that would make great areas for woodcraft, as well as a few further secluded spots to the south by the stream. In addition, occasional earth bunds run through the woodland offering a nice sense of privacy.
Woodland creatures including roe deer, badger, fox and hare have all been spotted. Numerous feathered visitors such as owl, tree creeper, buzzard and many songsters revel in the tranquillity of this location.
Bankers Wood is serviced by a hard track navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle and offers a range of woodland opportunities.
There is an Article 4 Direction preventing some types of permitted development at the woodland.
If It Were Mine
I would consider one of the fine oaks to fell and mill on site for joinery projects at home. Some ash firewood is a must too as well as perhaps using some hazel coppice for thumb sticks.
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 Petworth, leave town heading north on the A283, past the front entrance to Petworth House.
- After 3½ miles turn right at a junction signed for Balls Cross and Ebernoe.
- After 2 miles you will come to a T junction. Turn left in the direction signed for Northchapel.
- After about 100 metres turn right by a red post office box along Scratchings Lane.
- After a further ¾ mile you will cross over a small stone bridge. Immediately after, you will see a private tarmac drive lined with small logs on the left with a sign saying Howick/Howick Farm (point A) on the plan below).
- Please park safely on the council road, not on the private drive and being careful not to obstruct through traffic from the private drive.
- From here, walk up the private drive for about 60 metres and you will come to a double wooden gate on your left (point B).
- Open the gates (please close them behind you) and after a few metres you will come to a secondary single locked wooden gate. Climb over the gate (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- From here, continue for 650 metres along the hard forest track and you will eventually come to a split in the track (point C) where the hard-surfaced track goes off downhill to the left.
- Continue down the hard track and just as the track goes back up on the opposite side of the stream, you will arrive within the woodland indicated by our Wood4Sale sign on a tree ahead (point D).
- The north boundary is the outside edge of the track.
- The east boundary EF is indicated by blue paint on occasional trees and wooden posts, FG is indicated by black paint on occasional wooden posts.
- The southern boundary is the centre of the stream.
- The west boundary is the outside edge of the track.
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 for the owners of Bankers Wood from the gate all the way to the woodland at the west boundary (BCD).
- A right of way is reserved over the route DE for the benefit of woodland beyond.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a public footpath that runs along the track the north boundary.
- The right of way from the council highway up to the woodland gate (point AB) is clearly provided for in the Land Registry title.
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
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.