Bear Wood, 3.07 acres of mature broadleaves near the village of Banwell in North Somerset for £34,500 (freehold) [#F1592]
A north facing woodland with a lovely mix of tree species with year-round access, not far from the M5.
BS29 6PQ (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 410 408
Bear Wood can be found a short distance from the A363 between Banwell and Sandford, along a well stoned track which is navigable year-round in a 2WD vehicle. It is on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has the potential to create views northwards towards the coastline of North Somerset.
The woodland is classed as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) which means there is evidence trees have been grown in this area since the 1600s. A mature canopy of beech and oak dominates with a smattering of other native broadleaves such as ash and hazel. A small strip of mature Douglas fir adds a nice bit of variety and colour. The trees sit on a slope that faces north with a small level area between the track and the northern boundary. There are some flatter areas near to the field boundary that would be ideal for camping.
The lush shrub layer under the tree canopy consists of the usual variety of plant species such as ferns, bracken, bramble and self-set tree saplings. What makes this area special is the abundance of bluebells and wild garlic (ransom) that appear in the spring and summer months. On warm spring days, when the ransom is in full bloom the air is full of its quite unique scent.
This well-established woodland has an abundance of wild animals which have been seen on most of our visits namely foraging badgers, roe deer, grey squirrels and a variety of songbirds and the occasional buzzard.
In summary this is a lovely woodland with some great quality trees and is in a very accessible location.
If It Were Mine
Clearing space in any of the flatter areas to pitch a tent is almost a given. There are areas where I would open up the views, perhaps even build a bench out of the felled trees to enjoy the vista on nice summer evenings.
Some of the trees could do with being removed for the good of the woodland as a whole; there is a Forestry Commission thinning licence currently in place to facilitate this. The cut trees would certainly make excellent firewood and for those with the skills, a Douglas fir or 2 would make lovely construction grade timber or for furniture making.
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.
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 and walk for approximately 100 metres until you arrive at a green painted post on your left-hand side, this marks the start of the wood (point B).
- A short distance after this you should see a wooden ‘Bear Wood' sign.
- The northern boundary is indicated by a wooden fence.
- The southern boundary is indicated by an agricultural fence.
- The eastern boundary is indicated by white paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The western boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees.
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 AB on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC for the benefit of the 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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.