Goose Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 7.02 acres of lovely Ancient Woodland in a rural location, yet 2 miles from junction 8 of the M20. £80,000 (freehold) [#S2171]
Beautiful oak, ash and hazel coppice woodland within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 40 miles east from London.
Goose Wood forms part of a larger area known as Snarkhurst Wood, 4 miles east of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent. Access is along a series of stone tracks through locked gates.
Located over flat loamy clay soils, the mature woodland canopy is a blend of oak standards with ash, aspen, birch and hornbeam. A number of the oak stems are of an outstanding quality and may tempt a new owner to select, fell and mill one or two on-site for a range of uses; a bench, beams and fuel could all be considered. In the lush shrub layer below, you will find prolific hazel coppice, field maple, willow, hawthorn and a good amount of natural successors comprising ash and birch. During warmer months, the ground layer is festooned with Ancient Woodland indicators including bluebells, wood anemone, celandine, primrose, wild rose and honeysuckle, enjoyed by our important pollinators (and probably visited by the residents from a number of beehives located to the north of Goose Wood).
Towards the northeast of the wood is a clearing that provides a private feel. If cleared (it requires a bit of a tidy) and mowed, this would make a lovely camping spot. Mammals include roe and muntjac deer, hare, badger, and fox who are joined by common pipistrelle bats darting among the trees after dusk. A variety of feathered guests include woodlark, nightingale, kestrel, little owl and numerous congenial songsters.
Large enough to lose oneself in exploring but of a manageable size, Goose Wood presents a fabulous opportunity for a weekend forester; there is vast scope for a family keen on woodland life and its associated management.
If It Were Mine
I would remove one of the two caravans in the opening as well as giving the area a good tidy up to then put my own stamp on the woodland. Clearing and thinning some of the understory by coppicing the hazel would be on the list - the wood from this would make great fuel or even charcoal if desired.
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 junction 8 of the M20, head west along the A20 towards Bearsted passing the car wash on the right.
- After 0.7 miles turn right at the bus stop and post box on the left into a narrow road called Crismill Road. If you pass ‘Potted Garden’ nursery then you have gone too far.
- Continue along Crismill Road over the red brick railway bridge and under the M20, and bear left at the other side onto Crismill Lane.
- Continue along Crismill Lane bearing right where the tarmac finishes and continue straight along the stone track.
- After 360 metres you will come to a locked steel gate on the right (point A on the plan below) with a residential sign saying ‘Home Court’ ahead.
- Please park in a suitable place not obstructing any entrances or tracks.
- Climb the gate (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewing) and continue along the track crossing over a stream (point B) and a gate on the right with ‘Beware of bull’ sign attached (point C) and then also passing a pond on the right.
- After 930 metres you will arrive at another locked steel gate (point D), climb over the gate and Goose Wood is immediately on the right-hand side of the track, indicated by our Woods4Sale sign on a tree.
- The eastern boundary DE is the western edge of the track.
- The southern boundary EG is indicated by wooden posts with occasional blue paint, along with a short section of livestock fence at the southeastern corner.
- The western GF boundary is the centre of the footpath.
- The northern boundary FD is the top of an earth back indicated by blue paint on occasional trees, with ditch, scrubland and fields 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 right of way granted at all times and all purposes over the route ABCDE.
- A right of way is reserved over FG for the benefit of woodland beyond.
- The track on the western boundary is also a public footpath, but there is no other public access within Goose Wood.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Tree Preservation Order
There is a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) in the woodland, this simply means that the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained prior to any felling of trees.
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.