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11.5 acres, Canterbury, Kent
For Sale - Fixed Price £95,000


Oak, and silver birch with sweet chestnut as both standard and coppice, shade large areas of bluebells. Considered to be semi-natural ancient woodland, although dominated by chestnut, is of high conservation quality and designated as an Local Wildlife Site, the map and description can be viewed by clicking HERE. This covers a wide area of woodland including Capel and Mounts Wood. In spring this area is favoured by nightingales and their loud song can often be heard in season. This part of Kent has a beauty recongnised by its inclusion in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Getting to know a wood is a vital part of its management, walking through Tawny Wood it will be obvious some of the cheastnut isn't coppice but standards planted about 30 years ago. These will grow into manure single stemmed trees. They are tall and straight, thinning would encourage girth development.

Capel Road, a no through road, leaves the pretty village of Petham heads north and enters sweet chestnut coppice woodland. Almost at the far end is the bridleway which connects with Pennypot Lane and Anvil Green to the south. Tawny Wood is accessed off this bridleway, into an open area. The bridleway, previously a council maintained road, is solid.

Pollarded hornbeam at regular intervals hint at a management of an earlier age where boundaries in woodlands were shown by trees rather than fences. It's a cheap and permenant method of demarcation. The land-owner would sell coupes of coppice when the trees were ready, the pollards would stand out from the newly coppice woodland. Coppice products would have been an important part of the local economy. These hornbeam mark the northern boundary. Sporting rights included. There is an local authority article iv on these woods.

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