Harptree Copse, Banwell, North Somerset. 2.11 acres of stunning ancient broadleaf woodland with some large veteran trees, under an hour west of Bath. £24,000 (freehold) [#S1162]
A superb amenity woodland in a rural location offering a host of environmental and recreational opportunities, 7 miles northwest of Cheddar Gorge.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 409 588
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.
Harptree Copse is part of a wider forest in a historical area that dates back to the Iron Age. Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a gentle south facing slope, the woodland looks out occasionally towards the rolling Mendip Hills and beyond.
Partly ancient and replanted ancient woodland, the fertile free draining brown earths have produced a mature canopy of oak, horse chestnut, beech, ash, larch and Lawson cypress. A few majestic veteran trees also occupy the canopy, including an exceptional beech towards the northern boundary with a display of artist’s fungi around its base. This tree could be ideal for a rope swing perhaps! The developing understory is supported by some useful hazel coppice as well as holly, hawthorn and sycamore. A lush carpet of wild garlic, bluebell and heart’s tongue occupy the ground layer, characteristic of a long-established woodland.
It supports a large diversity of wildlife that frequent the woodland including badger, roe deer, buzzard, woodpecker, the lesser horseshoe bat and a multitude of harmonious songbirds.
Towards the southern boundary, the topography almost levels where there is a convenient soft track that could provide alternative access for forest management purposes (e.g. timber extraction), utilising the advantageous Forestry Commission thinning licence.
Harptree Copse is set in a delightful farmland location and could be enjoyed with friends and family. It benefits from good vehicular access via a hard track navigable with a 2WD car.
If It Were Mine
I would certainly want to produce a good stock of firewood for my log burner at home, given recent cold and snowy winters. Coppicing some of the hazel would also be useful for bushcraft activities during the summer.
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 left and continue up the hill passing a large green agricultural barn on the left.
- After 185 metres, you will arrive at a wooden post with yellow paint on the right, this is where the woodland begins (point C).
- The north boundary is the agricultural fence with fields beyond.
- The south boundary is the low earth bund with fields beyond.
- The east boundary is indicated by trees and wooden posts painted blue.
- The west boundary is indicated by trees and wooden posts painted yellow.
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 on the plan below.
- There is a right of way reserved over CD for the benefit over the woodland beyond.
- There is a right of way for forestry purposes only over the route DXE.
- There is a right of way reserved for forestry purposes only over the route EF 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 should not interfere with normal woodland management including tree felling, but the local authority will need to be consulted.
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:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- The full contact details (full name, address & phone number) and date of birth of the legal purchaser(s)
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.