Bakers Copse, near Staplecross, East Sussex. 4.57 acres of wonderful Ancient Woodland, meadows and ponds in a rural locale, 7 miles from the A21. £85,000 (freehold) [#S2170]
A lovely blend of mature oak and hornbeam with grassy glades and two ponds in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 11 miles from Hastings.
TN32 5RS (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199
- Roadside gate: TQ 796 218
- Centre of wood: TQ 794 216
Situated not far from the village of Staplecross in rural East Sussex, Bakers Copse is a stand-alone area of woodland that is in part designated as Ancient Woodland. Access is through 2 locked gates and along a track all the way to the woodland boundary.
Situated on gentle slopes that gradually undulate further south, the woodland is among loamy clay soils. The mature southeastern side (the Ancient Woodland section) comprises a canopy of oak standards, hornbeam, ash, willow, birch, sycamore and sweet chestnut. The emerging shrub layer below hosts hazel coppice, holly and hawthorn. Northwest of this is a younger area of oak and ash established approximately 30 years ago - a new owner could focus on this area for domestic firewood production if so desired. The ground flora is made up of bluebells, wood anemones, primrose, herb Robert and dog’s mercury.
Spanning the northern boundary of Bakers Copse is a wonderful broad glade with far reaching farmland views. A new owner could enhance this area by managing the bramble and grass and then sow a wildflower meadow to boost the already vibrant insect life. This leads onto a pair of seasonal ponds in the northeast corner.
Frequenting wildlife is attracted by the peacefulness of this location; both muntjac and roe deer, fox, badger, owl, woodpecker, skylark, long-tailed tit, buzzard and many acoustic songsters are rich in number.
If It Were Mine
I would certainly mow the ride first and take control of the bramble, and create a colourful wildflower meadow. Camping adventures and stargazing would be a certainty on a warm summer’s night, and the hornbeam here would make a good stock of fuel for my woodburner. I would also consider installing some beehives and trail cameras amongst the stems to really encourage and enjoy the local wildlife.
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
- Take the A21 northwards from Hastings, after around five miles take the B2244 signposted Sedlescombe.
- Continue through the village of Sedlescombe and for around 4 miles passing Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard on the left.
- At the junction take the righthand turn B2165 signposted Staplecross, at the village follow the road round to the right after a mile you pass Chalk Down Lime builders supplies.
- Take the immediate right down Ellenwhorne Lane, continue down the lane for half a mile and take the right turn (point X on the plan below) down the track over a stream.
- Open the steel gate (please close it behind you) and continue along the track through the field to another locked gate (point A), park on the left being careful not to obstruct the track.
- Climb the gate, (sorry we do not supply keys for viewings) and follow the track for 165 metres and turn left (point B).
- Continue up the track for 150 metres and turn left at the top of the track to point C.
- Climb the gate to enter the woodland, and you will arrive at Bakers Copse, indicated by our Woods4Sale sign.
- The northern boundary CD is the stock fence with fields beyond.
- The western boundary HJ the dilapidated wire fence on the occasional earth bund, JC is the fence and steel gate.
- The eastern boundary DE is the fence, EF is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees on the outside edge of the pond, FG is the earth bund with hedge on top and fields beyond.
- The short southern boundary GH is indicated by red paint on a tree, wooden post and fence post.
Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain sporting rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the sporting rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.
Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain mineral rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the mineral rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted at all times and for all purposes over the route XABC on the plan below.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a short section of public footpath near the gated entrance.
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.