Wells Wood, Banwell, North Somerset. 2.36 acres of delightful mixed mature woodland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 15 miles from Bristol. £26,000 (freehold) [#F1311]
A wonderful Ancient Woodland in North Somerset with mature mixed broadleaves and a small group of Lawson cypress with good access. Four miles from junction 21 of the M5.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 408 588
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.
Wells Wood is situated within a larger historical woodland dating back to the Iron Age and is located on the northern edges of the rolling Mendip Hills. Standing on south facing slopes, it is partly ancient and replanted ancient woodland.
Free draining fertile brown earths have yielded a diverse canopy of oak, ash, hazel, beech, hornbeam with occasional Scots pine and larch in amongst. A large mature sycamore tree stands at the top of the woodland, with majestic and sweeping branches, marking the northern boundary. Towards the centre of the wood, a twisting mature hornbeam also overlooks this area. The lush emerging shrub layer comprises holly, hawthorn, hazel coppice and some strong regeneration of sycamore and hornbeam. Swathes of bluebell (an Ancient Woodland indicator), wild garlic, primrose and wood anemone cover the ground in the warmer months, with a peppering of moss covered rocky outcrops.
Towards the southern end of the wood, there is a convenient soft track that could offer alternative access for forest management purposes, such as timber extraction, utilising the Forestry Commission thinning licence which is in place. There is also a good elevated flat area on the north side of this soft track that would make a perfect location to pitch a tent for the night, with views of the Mendips and beyond that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your tent.
This charming woodland supports a large variety of fauna that frequent the wood including, buzzard, woodpecker, the lesser horseshoe bat, badger, roe deer and harmonious songbirds.
Wells Wood benefits from good vehicular access via a hard track navigable with a 2WD car, with a large veteran sycamore indicating a useful parking spot.
If It Were Mine
I would be keen to explore a little more into the interesting history of the wider woodland. The camping opportunities would also be taken advantage of, perhaps with a small camp fire. I would make use of the convenient Forestry Commission thinning licence and start thinning out the ash and oak, mainly to get a good crop of firewood out but also to help promote the better trees that could one day produce some fine quality stems!
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.
This video is of the larger woodland as a whole and is not representative of any specific part of the 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 for approximately 50 metres (point C), this is the start of the woodland.
- The north boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts on the outside edge of the track.
- The south boundary is the low earth bund with fields beyond.
- The east boundary is indicated by orange paint on trees and wooden posts.
- The west boundary is indicated by blue paint on trees and wooden posts.
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 for forestry purposes only over the route DXE
- A right of way is reserved over the route CD for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A right of way is reserved for forestry purposes only over the route EF.
- 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 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
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 are in a position to fund the purchase 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
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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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.