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South Copse, Ancient Woodland in a quiet Surrey/West Sussex border location, near Rudgwick, 1.77 acres, £27,000 (freehold) [#F1889]


Beautiful mixed broadleaf woodland with lovely views in a rural location.




1.77 acres




£27,000 (freehold)

Nearest Postcode

RH12 3AD (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).


Entrance (point A): ///serenade.parsnip.dime

Ordnance Survey Grid References

OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 187

  • Roadside gate: TQ 078 349
  • Centre of wood: TQ 079 346


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South Copse is part of a wider woodland known as South Wood. Access is taken off the main road, with a legal access granted to the copse along the main forest track to the edge of the woodland. Currently the woodland is only accessible on foot, however this could be upgraded (with the right permissions) to allow full vehicle access, especially important if any timber extraction is required.

Oak, ash and hazel trees are the main species found here, although there is also the occasional hornbeam, silver birch, holly and even field maple too. These other species are found sporadically throughout the woodland and around the edges.

Ancient Woodlands are traditionally designated as such using old maps and also by inspecting the plant ‘indicator’ species. Bluebells are one of the more well-known of these, and South Wood has them in abundance. In springtime, they carpet the woodland floor and this is a beautiful sight to see. Wood anemones, wild garlic, dog’s mercury and red campion are all indicator species too and are present here at various times of the year. Wild grasses and ferns as well as fragrant honeysuckle all contribute to this exceptionally rich tapestry of colour.

In this part of the world, deer are aplenty, so too are grey squirrels, songbirds, and almost certainly a wandering fox or two and badgers if you can spot them in the early mornings or late at night.

There is a public right of way for walkers (Downs Link) along the access track through the wider woodland, the old Steyning line which connected Horsham with the once bustling south-coast port of Shoreham-by-Sea. This does not affect the tranquillity of the land, so much so when we visited the woodland we noted how quiet and peaceful it was here (apart from the thick chatter of birds!).

There are views out eastwards over the agricultural fields that are quite lovely in the spring and summer months. The undulating woodland has a number of flatter areas that offer numerous opportunities for wild camping, woodland management, bird watching or other activities.

If It Were Mine

To enable vehicle access into the woodland, I would certainly look at improving and widening parts of the track up to the woodland edge and create a little staging area in the northwest corner. This would also serve as a nice place to dry some firewood.

Some of the hazel on the edges could be coppiced, creating temporary open spaces whilst it regenerates and also provide either some timber to use for some green woodworking projects - temporary firewood storage perhaps - or as firewood itself. The eastern edge would also serve as a lovely place to pitch a tent and enjoy some tranquil evenings in this beautiful woodland.

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 Rudgwick

  • Head north from Rudgwick along the main road B2128 until the road bends sharply to the right with a small grass ‘island’ to the left.  
  • Take the left turn here onto Barnyards Lane, there is a mustard coloured house on the left and a post box set into the wall of a garage/shed.
  • Immediately after this turning at the Give Way junction turn left onto Cox Green Road.
  • Drive down Cox Green Road for approximately 1 mile until you arrive at a small bridge with red brick walls on either side. The layby on the left before this bridge is the best place to park and continue on foot from here.
  • Walk across the bridge - on the other side there is a timber gate on the left hand side set back from the road (point A).
  • This is the main entrance for the right of access for South Copse. Sorry, we do not provide keys for viewing purposes.
  • Continue on foot south around the locked gate via the gap following the signposted public right of way.
  • Continue south passing green shipping containers on the right, following the occasional white arrows on trees.
  • After 165 metres turn left (point B) and continue east following the white arrows on trees.
  • After 85 metres you will arrive at the woodland ahead of you with our Woods4sale sign just beyond (point C).


  • The northern boundary is DE is the partly defunct low earth bund just beyond the concrete railway fence posts indicated by green paint, EF follows an earth bund indicated by green paint on occasional trees.
  • The eastern boundary follows an earth bund indicated by green paint on occasional trees with the public footpath, fence and fields beyond.
  • The southern boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional trees.
  • The western boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional trees on the inside edge of a historic track.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

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.
  • There are no public rights of way within this woodland

Fencing Liabilities

There are no known fencing liabilities.

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)

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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.

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Phone: 01248 364 362
Company Number: 4657216.

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