Leyman’s Copse, Honiton, Devon. 2.73 acres of mature conifers and broadleaves for £34,000 (freehold) [#A1706]
Norway spruce, mixed hardwoods and shrubs combine to form a wonderfully rich habitat in a secluded South Devon valley.
Leyman’s Copse is situated in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southeast Devon. Honiton is about 2 miles to the west, from where the A30 gives good access up country or west to Exeter (some 25 minutes away). A number of Devon’s famed coastal resort villages like Sidmouth and Lyme Regis are a short drive to the south.
The wood occupies near-level and gently sloping ground with a northern aspect overlooking a secluded and un-roaded valley. Aside from the occasional train in the cutting below there is little here to disturb the peace, beyond birdsong and the rustle of wind in the trees.
Leyman’s Copse is very much a wood of two parts. To the east of the main track there is a triangular stand of Norway spruce. Originally planted as Christmas trees about 30 years ago, the crop ‘got away’ and has now matured into a fine wood with good form and the promise of some quality timber.
The mid-section of the wood is an area of open ground, shrubs and scattered hardwoods which the current owner has actively managed for conservation. The ground flora has been enriched with extensive seeding of bluebells, fritillary and wild garlic, while a wide variety of trees and shrubs has also been planted including oak, field maple, hornbeam, lime, hazel, dogwood and crab apple. The result is a wonderfully diverse habitat full of insects and birdlife readily observed on the bird feeders. To the northwest, mature oaks merge with a variety of other species of various ages including ash, willow, beech, birch and cherry.
Access is well-catered for by a car-accessible stone track which runs through the middle of the wood, and which will also serve well for the extraction of forest produce. An attractive wooden hut is included in the sale.
With its two distinct areas, Leyman’s Copse really does combine silvicultural opportunity with habitat and conservation interest. Great enjoyment will be found in both!
If It Were Mine
The spruce promise some quality timber. When they are eventually felled I would restock with hardwoods to complement the existing trees to the west. The ground vegetation would benefit from light-touch management to maintain the semi-open character of the shrub areas.
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.
Directions & Access
- Head east out of Honiton on the A35 for a little over a mile until you see a garage on your right.
- Take the second left turn after the garage (about 650 metres) onto a minor county road.
- After 300 metres, where the road bends sharply right, you will see the entrance to the woodland - a stone track straight ahead of you (point A on the plan).
- PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE WOODLAND. There is a layby on the right 70 metres before the woodland entrance (H).
- Walk down the main hard track from A (via the gate at B) for about 380 metres and turn right at the T junction at the base of the hill (C).
- After a further 30 metres turn first left (D).
- This track takes you through the middle of Leyman’s Copse.
- The north boundary (FG) is a fence.
- The east boundary (EF) is a remnant stone wall.
- The south boundary (CDE) is the north side of the track.
- The west boundary (CG) is the line of a small ditch near the west edge of the hardwoods.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are reserved to a previous owner with rights to compensation in the event that they are ever exercised.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted at all times and for all purposes over the route ABCD.
- A right of access is reserved to the neighbouring woodland over the route DF.
- Maintenance of all shared tracks is according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the property.
There are no known fencing obligations.
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
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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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.