Hancox Wood, Beckley, East Sussex. 9.26 acres of lovely Ancient Woodland in a serene location, 10 miles from Hastings. £152,000 (freehold) [#S1947]
A blend of mature sweet chestnut, oak and birch with recreational opportunities, 7 miles west of Rye.
TN31 6SB (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Entrance (point A): ///fairway.grief.physical
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199
- Roadside gate: TQ 846 224
- Centre of wood: TQ 841 225
Located a short distance from the village of Broad Oak, Hancox Wood forms part of a larger woodland in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural East Sussex. It is accessed through a locked gate.
Situated over gently undulating loamy clays, the mature canopy largely comprises mature sweet chestnut coppice with majestic oak standards, many of which are of an outstanding quality. In addition, there is also a good amount of birch, hornbeam, ash and occasional cherry, offering a new custodian a potential fuel stock. Within its shrub layer you will discover hazel coppice, hawthorn, holly and earlier birch. Towards the west of the woodland is a younger area of sweet chestnut stools now roughly at thicket stage, which along with the coppice perhaps provides material for bushcraft. Come spring and summer the ground layer is awash with Ancient Woodland indicators such as bluebell, wood anemone, primrose and climbing honeysuckle, all relished by pollinators. Both eagle and hard ferns are a common sight throughout the woodland.
There are a number of good spots that would be suitable for occasional camping or could even be used as somewhere to mill wood on-site. A seasonal stream flanking the western boundary undoubtedly provides refreshment for wandering wildlife.
Owl, buzzard, skylark, green woodpecker, lesser redpoll and numerous songsters have all been identified here. Visiting mammal populations comprise deer (roe, muntjac and fallow) badger, hare, wood mouse and fox.
If It Were Mine
Some chestnut logs for my hearth would be high on the list, there are certainly enough large coppice stems to provide for this. With some thoughtful management, the younger chestnut stools could provide further fuel in years to come. I would definitely plan overnight stays under canvas!
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 the crossroads at Broad Oak, travel north on the A28 (Northiam Road) towards Tenterden passing the fire station on the left.
- After 500 metres turn right onto Furnace Lane.
- Continue along Furnace Lane passing over a pair of small bridges with white posts either side, following signs towards Beckley, Northiam and Peasmarsh.
- After 1.9 miles you will arrive at the woodland entrance with a new wooden gate set back on the left with some cleft fencing (point A on the plan below), indicated by our Woods4Sale sign and a green X below it.
- Please park in a safe place not obstructing any access nor the road.
- Climb over the gate (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewings) and you have arrived in Hancox Wood.
- The southwestern boundary AB is for the most part indicated by a dilapidated plain wire fence along with occasional stock and barbwire fencing, BC is the inside bank of the stream.
- The northeastern boundary CD is indicated by a dilapidated plain wire fence, DE is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts, EF is indicated by a dilapidated plain wire fence.
- The short eastern boundary AF is the earth bank with verge and council road 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 public footpath towards the west of the woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights
There is a right for an adjacent landowner to cross the woodland along the route marked XY on the plan.
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
- Please confirm how you will be funding the purchase and that you have cleared funds available
- 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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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.