Highbirch Wood, near Pease Pottage and Colgate, West Sussex. 1.44 acres of splendid broadleaves and conifer with recreational prospects. £28,000 (freehold) [#S1753]
A charming mix of birch, oak and Scots pine in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in a countryside location, 2.5 miles from junction 11 of the M23.
RH13 6HT (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Entrance (point Y): ///trainer.blurts.ripen
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 198
- Roadside gate: TQ 234 315
- Centre of wood: TQ 233 316
Highbirch Wood is a short distance from the village of Colgate in rural West Sussex and situated within a serene wider gated forest.
Located over gently sloping loam over clay soils, the mature canopy largely comprises oak, birch, ash, cherry, rowan, beech and Scots pine (the latter being one of three British native conifers). In the lush shrub underneath, you will find a mixture of hazel coppice, hawthorn, rhododendron, younger birch and holly. A new custodian could use the valid Forestry Commission thinning licence to yield some stems for seasoned logs. During warmer months, the ground layer is bursting with colour created by patches of bluebell, wood anemones, primrose, foxglove and honeysuckle, all savoured by busy buzzing pollinators.
There are numerous spaces within the wood that would make excellent locations to occasionally camp and perhaps exercise some bushcraft skills using the ample material to hand. In addition, rural views are enjoyed from both the southeast and southwest boundaries.
Frequent feathered visitors who appreciate the tranquillity of this woodland include tawny owl, green woodpecker, coal tit, pied wagtail and innumerable harmonious songsters. A range of woodland mammals including muntjac and roe deer, badger, fox, hare and wood mouse have all been spotted.
Accessed along a stone track on the southwestern side, Highbirch Wood is a wonderful place to enjoy with friends and family.
If It Were Mine
Some light silvicultural duties could be considered such as removing any suppressed trees in the understory. I would clear an area towards the east of the wood to overnight and stargaze. This is a great place to observe and learn about the wonders of woodland life, perhaps relaxing in a hammock.
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 11 of the M23, continue towards Pease Pottage along Brighton Road.
- Cross over the first roundabout with the new housing development on the left and take the third exit towards Pease Pottage at the second roundabout.
- Continue through Pease Pottage along Horsham Road passing The Black Swan pub and then the entrance to ‘Lighthouse Systems’ with a low brick wall on the right.
- After 0.6 miles and shortly after ‘Lighthouse Systems’, turn left opposite the entrance to Cottesmore School, sign posted towards Blackhouse Farm.
- Continue along Grouse Road passing the Grouselands Estate entrance and Pear Tree Business Centre.
- After 1.2 miles fork right at the post box onto Woodlands Lane (point X on the plan below).
- Continue for 400 metres and you will see the access to a stone track on the right and public footpath sign with a blue cross on a tree (point Y).
- Please park in a safe place not obstructing any traffic nor the entrance to the track (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Continue along the track for 25 metres and climb over the steel gate, just beyond the small kissing gate into the adjacent field.
- Continue along and down the track with larch woodland on the left.
- After 95 metres you will arrive at a steel gate into paddocks on the left and a second steel gate ahead of you into woodland (point A) with a Woodland for Sale sign.
- Climb over the gate ahead of you – this is the start of Highbirch Wood.
- The northwest boundary is the inside edge of the track indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts that may be offset by a short distance.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by pink paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The southeast boundary is in the barbed wire fence with fields beyond.
- The southwest boundary is the agricultural fence with paddocks 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 are no public rights of way within this woodland.
- There is a right of way granted at all times and for all purposes over the route XYA and BC.
- A right of way is reserved over the route AB for the benefit of woodland beyond.
- 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 have funds in place 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
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
Please click on the button below for more information.
Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.