Piston Wood, near New Alresford, Hampshire. 2.94 acres of lovely broadleaf coppice woodland with bushcraft opportunities, 12 miles from Winchester. £53,000 (freehold) [#S2155]
A gorgeous blend of verdant hazel coppice with mature oak, beech and ash in a rural location with farmland vistas, 9 miles from junction 9 of the M3.
SO24 0DF (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 185
- Roadside gate: SU 638 333
- Centre of wood: SU 634 331
Part of a larger woodland known as Bowers Grove, Piston Wood is located about two miles west from the village of Four Marks in rural Hampshire and is accessed along a track via a steel gate.
Encompassed by level fertile chalk and flinty soils, the woodland is categorised as a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland site (PAWS) and principally comprises lush hazel coppice along with a variety of occasional mature mixed broadleaves and a few conifer towards the north, namely oak, beech, ash, cherry, birch, sycamore, willow, larch and Scots pine. The area of mature stems could offer a nice place to camp if cleared. Coppiced woodlands are created by a traditional silvicultural management practice that can be traced back as far as 4000 B.C., a woodland system that supported rural needs during the Bronze age, Roman and Saxon periods.
In and amongst the hazel and also within the shrub layer you will discover holly, hawthorn, younger birch and successional thickets of ash. Using the Forestry Commission felling licence covering Piston wood, a new owner could think about some hazel poles for a multitude of uses; garden bean poles, hurdles and walking canes come to mind. Selecting one of the larger trees could produce a modest stock of fuel if required.
During the warmer spring and summer months the woodland is brimming with colourful Ancient Woodland indicators including clusters of bluebells, wood anemones, primrose, dog’s mercury and fruity bramble. Countryside views are enjoyed looking out near the northwestern boundary, lovely on a clear day. A keen ear may also hear a sporadic ‘toot’ of a steam engine from the nearby heritage Watercress Line.
Feathered visitors such as greenfinch, treecreeper, woodpecker, owl and numerous congenial songbirds have been seen and heard in this tranquil location. Woodland mammals include muntjac, roe and fallow deer, yellow-necked mouse, badger, hare and fox.
If It Were Mine
Bushcraft activities would be high on the list to enable me to hone my skills a little more. I would think about a management plan for the hazel coppice; felling some of it would naturally produce a good amount of material for many uses including wattle fencing, charcoal and thatching spars to name a few. Perhaps a hammock hung from two of the larger trees would be the perfect spot to quietly observe nature. Trail cameras placed in the trees are a must; there is a lot to observe here.
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 Four Marks, drive west on the A31 out of the village and along the short stretch of dual carriageway.
- Shortly after the road returns to a single carriageway, turn right just after a bus stop and opposite a red brick and flint wall, sign posted towards Bighton.
- Continue along Bowers Grove Lane passing under a railway bridge.
- After 0.4 miles where the road bears sharply right, continue straight ahead onto the track into the woodland arriving at a locked gate with post and rail fencing, next to recently planted trees and a Woods4Sale board (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a safe place not obstructing any traffic, the gate or access points.
- Climb over the gate (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings) and continue along the track southwest through the woodland.
- After 490 metres you will arrive at Piston Wood on the right, indicated by green, red and white paint on a wooden post on the left.
- The southeastern boundary is the outside edge of the track indicated by green paint on occasional trees and wooden posts that may be offset by a short distance.
- The northwestern boundary is the top of an earth bank with the historic road, agricultural fence and farmland beyond.
- The northeastern boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The southwestern boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The shooting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
- The hunting rights are reserved to a third party who is permitted to access this woodland and wider woodland to hunt up 6 times between 1st September and 31st March. A maintenance clause covers all the rights of way within the woodland, with liability according to use and this also applies to the hunt.
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 for all times and for all purposes over the route AB.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC for the benefit of the 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 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)
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.