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7.25 acres, Kent, Kent
For Sale - Fixed Price £85,000

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Stanley Wood features chestnut coppice with oak standards. An ancient woodbank runs along the east of the wood where birch, oak, hazel and holly are found. A second woodbank is situated in the north of the wood. Between this and the fields there is an area of established mixed broadleaves including birch, willow, sweet chestnut and oak. The open fields to the north of the wood provide lovely views. Bluebells are flourishing on the forest floor in this northern area of the wood - a promise of colour for the spring. Abundant foxgloves flourish in the more open areas of this wood. Ground flora suggests that many more wildflowers are waiting to emerge.

A stoned track provides good access from the road to the ride stop entrance of Stanley Wood, where an owner can drive in and park their car. A short walk from the ridestop entrance a bench has been installed amongst the coppice and oak standards. Here is a chance to sit and enjoy the views across Stanley Wood. A generous timber storage area which is shared with other owners is situated by the main entrance gates.

Public footpaths run to the north and east of the wood (both of which are outside the boundary of Stanley Wood). Woodlands have also granted permission for walkers to use the established track noted as ‘permissive path’ on the map.

The sweet chestnut was last cut in 2017. Several stacks of chestnut offcuts remain in the wood from the previous coppicing. These would provide a generous initial supply of firewood for your wood burning stove or for campfires. The ‘work programme’ in the Management Plan proposes that the sweet chestnut should be coppiced again in approximately 20 years (in order to stagger the growth with the neighbouring compartment). Alternatively, an owner could encourage a more varied and diverse wood to develop by ‘singling’ the chestnut and planting mixed native broadleaves. You can read more about this in our blog.

Stanley Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

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 Stanley 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 Stanley Wood.

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Stanley Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 ½ miles nearby.

Stanley Wood has recently been named after a Victorian explorer famous for his exploration of central Africa.

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