Netherdene Wood £89,000 Freehold
- Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
- nearly 5 acres
- Central England
Long winter shadows at the entrance
The lush green woodland of summer
Animal tracks through the undergrowth
Old hazel coppice
The bare fields at the boundary
The access track
Historic sunken craters
The leafy understory in spring
Resilient woodland grasses
From the browsing roe deer and the woodland birds in the canopy, the tree cover at Netherdene Wood supports a unique woodland ecosystem. The importance of this biodiversity is difficult to overstate in a time when so much of the surrounding land is given over to the pressures of commercial agriculture and food production.
Netherdene Wood is a true refuge from the frantic pace of modern life. Located along a well made woodland track it enjoys a peaceful spot at the edge of open fields. For centuries the seasons have come and gone and the woodland has seen the passing of many generations. It has supported both animal and human life in many different ways; as a source of wood fuel and building material and as a vital food supply. In more recent it has also become a place of recreation and education.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
In past times when the value of nature was more appreciated, the young leaves of beech trees were another valuable food source; eaten raw as fresh greens, or more extravagantly used to make a gin liqueur. Even in winter the leaf buds were harvested, kept on the twigs and used as toothpicks. The truffle fungus also thrives as a result of its unique relationship with the beech tree. The committed forager may be lucky enough to find an example of this culinary delicacy buried in the beech woods.
Beside the beech trees there is also a smaller area of larch and some old hazel coppice awaits regeneration. The thinner canopy here allows more light to the woodland floor and a greater variety of woodland flora has developed amongst the uneven topography of craters and animal trails.
Access, tracks and footpaths
A secure gated access into the wood then leads along a short length of well maintained access track to the entrance to Netherdene Wood, where there is ample space to park within the boundary.
An old logging track is still evident running through the wood the edge of which forms the western boundary. There is a footpath running just inside the northern boundary.
Rights and covenants
The woodland covenant is in place to assure the preservation of this important environment along with the additional security of a local authority Tree Preservation Order to assist with sound forestry practice for the future stewardship of the wood.
Local area and history
The woodland takes its name from parish records form the early seventeenth century when disputes between local landowning dignitaries have been documented. It appears therefore that much of the woodland was at this stage in separate ownerships.
The surrounding area is characterised by its rural beauty and extensive agriculture. Nearby the old wool town of Andover is a useful staging post for woodland supplies.
Pink coloured indicative boundary markings on posts and trees run through the wood to the east and west. An old bank to the north borders open fields and the south the boundary is defined by the edge of the access track.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 185
- Grid ref: SU 379 505
- Nearest post code: SP11 6JQ
- GPS coordinates: 51.253, -1.45821
From the A303 leave at the Andover exit signed for the A343 and head north to Hurstbourne Tarrant and Newbury. A mile or so after passing through the village of Enham Alamein there is a turning on your right to Little London. If you are approaching from the north along the A343 then this turning is on your left about a mile or so after passing through the village of Hurstbourne Tarrant.
Continue down this country lane for about a mile until you reach Little London and then turn left into the village on a right hand bend. The road will then lead you through Little London, between the houses and then along a lane with woodland either side. After 500 metres you will reach the entrance to the woods on your left. The gate here is kept locked but you can park here to one side of the gate and continue on foot straight along the woodland track. Netherdene Wood is set within this larger area of woodland.
Vehicular access rights will be given to the new owner.
Continue straight ahead along the track for 400 metres where you will come across the pink coloured markings and entrance to Netherdene Wood on your right.
Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SP11 6JQ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.
Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.
Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.
Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.
These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.
Netherdene Wood forms part of a larger area of woodland known historically as Rags Copse. This is an important local wildlife area that continues to support thriving populations of deer, bird life and small woodland mammals.