Shire Wood, near Northchapel, West Sussex. 1.97 acres of lofty mature oak and ash with decent vehicular access. £33,000 (freehold) [#S1642]
A peaceful woodland containing a variety of broadleaves with countryside views and recreational opportunities, 40 miles from London.
GU28 9EH (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Roadside gate: ///huddling.sobered.verve
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 186
- Roadside gate: SU 951 299
- Centre of wood: SU 945 301
Shire Wood lies a 10 minute walk north of the small village of Northchapel in rural West Sussex, roughly an hour from south west London, 55 minutes from Brighton, 30 minutes from Chichester and 5 miles north of the National Trusts Petworth House and park. The wood is situated within a tranquil wider wooded area in beautiful countryside within the South Downs National Park.
Located on gently sloping loamy clay soils, the mature canopy chiefly comprises of majestic oak standards (many are of an outstanding quality), ash and birch. The shrub layer beneath incorporates lush holly, hawthorn and hazel which is broadly used as a bushcraft material, potentially allowing a new owner to hone their wood crafting talents. A mosaic of bluebell, wood anemone, primrose and fern decorate the ground layer, looking especially nice come spring.
Numerous areas amongst the stems would make superb spots to camp around a small fire. The current owners have cleared an area that is suitable for pitching a tent or two, have built a log store and a simple composting toilet made from recycled materials. They have also installed a high climbing rope that is used as a swing. There are far reaching countryside views enjoyed from the southern boundary which is approximately 100 metres in length and allows a lot of light into the wood. The owners of the large field located immediately south of Shire Wood are in the process of seeding wildflowers to create a meadow.
A range of feathered visitors such as buzzard, treecreeper, woodpecker, long eared owl and countless song bird species bask in the peace found here. Woodland mammals including deer (roe and fallow), badger, bats, hare and fox have all been spotted.
The current owners have made steps to enhance the biodiversity by installing an owl box and several dormouse boxes and nest tubes. No dormice have been found to date but the boxes are always used by blue tits to breed each spring and can easily be viewed from when the eggs are laid until the time the young fledge the nest. A small pond was created last year and native plants were were added to attract invertebrates and amphibians. The pond margins were seeded with a wildflower mix designed to grow at the water's edge. The pond is filled with rainwater draining from the sloped log store roof and frogs successfully bred last spring.
Shire Wood benefits from good access along a stone track navigable with a 2WD car. This is a delightful place for anyone including a young family to enjoy woodland ownership and what it has to offer.
If It Were Mine
I would hang a hammock from a pair of trees near the southern boundary and quietly observe nature. Some BBQs with friends and family would feature during warm months. There is plenty of opportunity to gather some fuel for an open fire 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
- The woodland is situated next to the village of Northchapel in West Sussex.
- Head north along the A283 from Northchapel village and after approximately 100 metres there is a turning to some fields set back on the left with a Woods4Sale sign (point A on the plan below).
- Please park carefully so access through the gates is not blocked and climb the gates. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Once over the first gates you will find a second gate on your right. Please climb this one also and then continue up the track with grassland on either side of you until you enter the woodland (point B).
- Continue along the track passing a sharp turning on the left and then bear left at the junction (point C) following the white arrows.
- Continue along the track bearing right shortly after (point D) following the white arrows down the track and passing another turning on the left (point E).
- After 780 metres you will arrive at bottom of the track and the woodland ahead (point F) as the track forks.
- Turn left at the fork junction and continue along the stone track passing a turning on the right (point G).
- After 280 metres you will arrive at the woodland on the left (point H), indicated by green and blue paint on a wooden post and our Woods4Sale sign just beyond.
- The eastern boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The northwest boundary is the outside edge of the track, indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts that may be offset by a short distance.
- The southern boundary is the dilapidated agricultural fence with fields beyond.
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 at all times and for all purposes over the route ABCDEFGH.
- A right of way is reserved over the route HJ for the benefit of woodland beyond.
- There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
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.