Saxon Copse, a mature deciduous Ancient Semi Natural woodland, near to Banwell and Sandford in North Somerset, 2.52 acres for £28,500 (freehold) [#F1440]
A beautiful Ancient Woodland of primarily mixed broadleaf trees with a conifer element, set in the countryside, under 10 minutes’ drive from Weston-Super-Mare.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 411 588
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.
Part of a stunning gated Ancient Woodland, Saxon Copse is found on a south facing slope and looks out over rolling Somerset countryside towards Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills.
Situated on free draining fertile soils, the woodland consists primarily of well-established mature oak and ash (with some fantastic specimens on the southern slopes), and there is a lovely patch of Lawson cypress near the southern boundary. Underneath the high canopy, there is a shrub layer of hawthorn, holly and hazel coppice which are intertwined with climbers and vines. A pleasant mixture of wild garlic, bluebell, ferns, ivy and moss enhance the ground layer.
Sightings of wild animals, including roe deer, woodpecker and buzzard are common. A population of rare lesser horseshoe bats are also known to inhabit the wider woodland, indicating the rich biodiverse habitat of the location.
Towards the southern boundary, the ground levels out and is an ideal place for family camping or a bit of bushcraft. A number of sizable old oak and a fantastic twin stemmed ash tree in this part make it a stunning area of the woodland.
Saxon Copse is accessed via an excellent hard-surfaced track, navigable with a 2WD vehicle and is further enhanced by a secondary soft track for forestry purposes towards the southern boundary of the wood. There is a Forestry Commission thinning licence in place – which would be useful to keep the home firewood stock full.
If It Were Mine
I would use the Forestry Commission thinning licence to carry out some light silvicultural duties, such as thinning supressed trees. This would allow a greater amount of light in, enhancing the already diverse habitat. It would also be a shame not to take advantage of a ready supply of wild garlic for the kitchen!
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 safely in front of one of the gates, ensuring there is clear vehicular access through the other for key holders (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Climb the gate and turn immediately left passing some agricultural buildings in the field on the left, continuing east along the tack as it meanders through the trees.
- After approximately 650 metres, keep right at a fork in the track (point B).
- Continue up the hill for roughly 150 metres. As the track plateaus, you will arrive at a pull-in on the left (point C) were the woodland begins.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by trees and wooden stakes painted white.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by a low earth bank with the field beyond.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by the agricultural fence.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by trees and wooden stakes painted red.
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 ABC 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 BE.
- 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 liabilities.
Tree Preservation Order
The woodland 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
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.