SOLD: Queen Wood £69,000 Freehold
- Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
- nearly 5 ¼ acres
- Central England
A clearing in which to pause
Deer in summer grass
Long autumn shadows
The access track runs along the boundary
Ferns in a clearing
A ancient bank
At the entrance
Between the beech
Fungus from the leaf litter
Every king must have their queen, and for oak, it is the graceful and stately beech that provides the feminine counterpart. Known as both the queen and the mother of the woods, beech symbolises femininity, abundance, prosperity, wisdom and generosity of spirit. These associations meant that beech was often used as a lucky charm to bring the wearer good fortune. The trees can live for several hundred years and when coppiced can stand for more than a thousand, providing shady groves that enable other plants and flowers to grow around them. Still used in aromatherapy, the essential oil helps to stimulate hope and confidence, whilst in flower remedies it is said to increase tolerance, sympathy and empathy.
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.
The cover of the large beech trees creates for the most part a protected forest floor. Thick leaf litter provides rich breeding grounds for various species of fungus. Occasional ferns and woodland grasses proliferate where the sunlight penetrates the dense canopy.
Such is the importance of this natural environment that it carries a special local authority Tree Preservation Order designation aimed at ensuring its continued existence as an important area of woodland. This will also encourage good woodland management practice as the local Forestry Commission representative and Local Authority Tree Officer are on hand to advise on how best to achieve this.
Roe and muntjac deer are regularly seen as they are territorial with the occasional visit by fallow deer. The trees offer a home to numerous birdlife including buzzards, red kite, woodpeckers and owls.
There is a noticeable divide at Queen Wood where the open clearings beneath the beech trees run into an area of fir trees and the dramatic change in the light results in thick cover of bracken and bramble. This provides important habitat for large woodland mammals to remain well hidden. Increasing bio diversity within the woodland landscape will further enhance the richness of plant and animal species that live here.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access is via an excellent woodland track suitable for most vehicles.
Local area and history
Continuing the royal theme of Queen Wood, is the early history of nearby Hurstbourne Tarrant. In the thirteenth century nuns helped to establish a convent here under the patronage of Henry Third and Queen Eleonor who granted the Prioress and nuns the right to harvest timber from surrounding royal estates. Today this thriving village is easily accessible form Queen Wood and there are more extensive woodland supplies available at Andover.
Blue coloured indicative boundary markings run through the wood on posts and trees to the south and east. The access track defines the boundary to the north and west.
Find this wood
This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.
- OS Landranger: OS No. 185
- Grid ref: SU 376 504
- Nearest post code: SP11 6JQ
- GPS coordinates: 51.2524, -1.46151
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 stop here and continue on foot straight along the woodland track. Queen Wood is set deep within this larger area of woodland and you will need to allow plenty of time for your visit to get there.
Vehicular access rights will be given to the new owner.
Continue straight ahead along the track for 600 metres where, at the second crossroads of woodland tracks turn left and after 100 metres you will come across the entrance to Queen Wood on your left.
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.