Fosse Wood, Banwell, North Somerset. 4.12 acres of mixed broadleaf and conifer, including a stand of Lawson cypress in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Approximately 45 minutes from Bristol and just over an hour of Exeter. £45,000 (freehold) [#S1107]
An excellent parcel of established hard and softwood species within a wider historical woodland, benefiting from good access. High amenity value and perfect for weekends away camping.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 404 587
Nearest postcode: BS29 6PQ
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Fosse Wood stands on the southern edge of a wider historical forest on the outskirts of Banwell village, some 6 miles east of Weston-super-Mare and on the northern fringes of the Mendip Hills.
The wood lies on a free draining south-facing slope and is encompassed by both broadleaf and conifer, the latter being the dominant feature of this unique site. An impressive stand of Lawson cypress descends steadily south-east from the northern boundary, eventually merging with a decorative mixture of mature broadleaf and sub canopy species. The mix comprises some large Holm oak, English oak and ash, with a scattering of holly, hazel coppice and hawthorn below. Come spring, bluebells and wild garlic beautifully adorn the woodland floor, sprinkled amongst a few rocky outcrops which are situated toward the centre of the wood.
Near the northwest corner of the woodland, some square stones flank the edge of the track, perhaps an Iron Age indicator relating to the nearby Roman camp within the wider forest.
Roe deer, fox, badger, woodpecker, buzzard and a range of woodland songsters frequent the copse, as well as the lesser horseshoe bat that is known to the area.
Fosse Wood has the benefit of good access via a hard track suitable for a 2WD vehicle. In addition, the wood has the added feature of a soft track running along its southern boundary, useful for light forestry purposes or even a spot of camping. This boundary also offers rural views with the rolling Mendips beyond.
If It Were Mine
I would firstly make use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence and generate a small supply of domestic fuel. There is also plenty of scope for the aspiring silviculturist with an opportunity to thin the Lawson cypress and open up areas of broadleaf to allow natural succession.
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 Banwell village, head east on the A368 towards Sandford.
- After approximately half a mile, you will see a layby on the right-hand side with a double wooden gate set back and Wood4Sale signs (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable safe place in front of the gates but not obstructing both of them. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Climb the gate and turn immediately right, continue along the track and up the hill.
- After roughly half a mile you will reach a T junction (point B) with the ruins of a cottage set back to the right.
- Turn right and continue along this track for approximately 180 metres, you will then arrive at the start of the woodland indicated by a wooden Fosse Wood sign and a post painted green and pink (point C).
- The north boundary is indicated by wooden posts with green paint.
- The east boundary is indicated by wooden posts and trees with pink paint.
- The west boundary is indicated by wooden posts and trees with red paint.
- The south boundary is indicated by the agricultural fence.
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 for all times and all purposes over the route ABC and HED on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route CD for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- There is a right of way granted for forestry purposes only over the route EF.
- There is a right of way reserved for forestry purposes only over the route FG for the benefit of woodland beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Tree Preservation Order
The woodland has recently been designated as an Ancient Woodland and is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This does not prevent appropriate tree felling. However, the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained in advance.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sale price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.