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9 acres, Kent, Kent
For Sale - Fixed Price £95,000

Keep Wood is next to a quiet narrow country lane. It is mostly Sweet Chestnut coppice and Japanese larch, and there are a number of mature oaks of various age classes including some splendid veteran oak. There are a few other broadleaf species including birch, hazel and willow, providing an interesting mix.

This wood has been well managed, and both the chestnut and the larch are reaching the end of their planned cycle. The new owners will be able to harvest the chestnut, either as a whole, or more slowly as and when they wish, to create durable fence posts, or to provide a bountiful supply of firewood. Of course, it will conveniently regrow. The larch is ready for thinning, again either as a whole, or tree by tree as is convenient for the new owners. It is a useful softwood. The space created by thinning would allow the best trees to thrive and encourage the growth of the broadleaf species found in the understory. The owners could also add to the variety of native trees here. Dormant wildflowers are likely to appear in the spring wherever the sunlight is able to reach the ground.

There are two gates which provide vehicular access to Keep Wood. The main entrance to the wood is on the south east corner of the wood. From this single metal gate, an owner can drive in and park a car within the wood itself. From the ride stop entrance a private walk track winds through the larch and oaks to a clearing where a bench has been installed. The second gate entrance at the north of the wood leads to a stoned track along the west of Keep Wood, allowing the extraction of timber and coppice materials. This track is also a public footpath. There is a shared timber stacking area at the gate.

Keep Wood has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. Keep Wood is also part of a larger Local Wildlife Site - you can find out more about this here. Crossbills, sparrow hawks, buzzards and kestrels, green and great spotted woodpeckers and lesser redpoll have been recorded in the area.

We are fortunate to have two useful studies, which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Abbey Woods (of which Keep Wood is a part) as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. We also have a report from our Professional Adviser Prof. Julian Evans, author of “Getting Started in a Wood of Your Own”. The report covers the wider area of Abbey Woods and again, advice is not compulsory. Please bear in mind that not everything in either of them applies to the particular area of Abbey Woods which is Keep Wood.

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Keep Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 1/5 miles nearby. Keep Wood has recently been named in homage to its history, as originally it was a part of Leeds Castle Woodlands.

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