SOLD: Vern Wood & Meadow £45,000 Freehold

  • Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon
  • about 3 ⅓ acres
  • Devon


Variety is the key within Vern Wood & Meadow – there are established areas of trees consisting of hazel, oak and ash, there are also areas of newly planted mixed native trees and open meadows.

Located on the western side of a peaceful valley with fine views. A short distance from the eastern boundary is an attractive stream, a bench has been placed strategically to enjoy the view and listen to the sound of flowing water.

The stream originates partly from Wistlandpound Reservoir, found further north. The site is approximately 120 metres above sea level with a freely draining acidic soil.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


A tree planting scheme has recently taken place to enhance the existing tree lined south and eastern edges of Vern Wood, extending the area of broadleaved woodland within the valley. An established hazel copse is located at the southern side of the land and mature oak and ash trees at the upper, eastern fringes.

The new planting is based around sessile oak trees (Quercus petraea) to enhance the adjoining Ancient Woodland area where the focal points are towering oak trees. The new oaks are planted at regular intervals, sweeping from the centre to the south to join the established trees.

Species planted include wild cherry, bird cherry, common alder, grey alder, hornbeam, downy birch and some Small-leaved limes (Tilla Cordata).

Forming the start of a native hedge and wildlife corridor at the lower, eastern boundary of Vern Wood & Meadow is a planting of shrub trees which include quickthorn, cherry plum, common dogwood, hazel and the glourious Spindle (Euonymus europaeus).


Upon the open areas of Vern Wood & Meadow deer graze in the shelter of taller plants in the summer months. Here the common fern known as bracken currently dominates the landscape but when cleared there is a plethora of wild plants revealed such as primroses, celandines and bluebells. The enclosing canopy of the planted woodland area will, over time minimise the growth of bracken and allow these woodland dwelling flowers to thrive.

Foxes are seen within the valley, often tempted in by the pheasants that stalk through the grass feeding on insects.

Buzzards soar in the thermals above and land in the upper branches of the mature trees along the western boundaries.


A private parking and turning area is located at the entrance and a small track gives good access up into the woodland & meadow. There is a level area for camping and a rustic picnic bench which looks out over the valley.

At the very southern boundary a small spring issues from below the ground providing a useful water source as well as a pleasant feature.

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the quaint Devon village of Bratton Fleming, the woodland is accessed by a narrow stoned forestry track and across 'Button bridge'.

From here a stoned track takes you to the entrance of Vern Wood & Meadow where you can park and turn.

There are no public footpaths through the woodland or along the track.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale.

The standard covenant applies to this wood.


Suited as a quiet getaway for some occasional camping and wildlife enjoyment. There are good links to the local countryside via the local network of public footpaths.

With plenty of open meadow areas there is further scope to plant trees, a rewarding personal or family based activity.

Local area and history

The name 'Vern' is an old French word meaning 'grove of alders' - very apt as there are both common and grey alders trees recently planted here. It is also an old country name for ferns.

The nearby village of Bratton Fleming is situated about 7 miles north east of Barnstaple on a ridge extending from the foothills of Exmoor National Park. The village is approximately 3 miles from the park boundary and has the historic Church of St Peter and a busy village shop. The local area of Exmoor National Park has stunning countryside which encompasseswoodland, moorland coast and rivers.

There are many archaeological features in the countryside surrounding the village including six separate groups of barrows within the parish of Bratton Fleming. These barrows are all Scheduled Ancient Monuments. North Thorne is a deserted medieval village located to the north of Bratton Fleming and immediately south of Wistlandpound Reservoir. The former railway line between Barnstaple and Lynton passes to the north of the village.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with orange markings on posts and trees.

The northern boundary is the tip of the eastern and western boundaries meeting.

The eastern boundary runs along the shared access track.

The southern boundary is a line of fence posts.

The western boundary runs along a track.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 180
  • Grid ref: SS 638 385
  • Nearest post code: EX31 4SB
  • GPS coordinates: 51.1299, -3.94704

Location map


- From Barnstaple town centre head north on the Goodleigh and Bratton Fleming road until you enter the village of Bratton Fleming.

- Drive past the village shop on your right and take the left turn at White Hart Cross (just before the pub The White Hart) sign posted Button and Rye Park and towards the church.

- Go past the church and the school and continue down the hill. Stay left on the road at the fork, signposted to Rye Park. Continue down the hill, over an old bridge until you come to a sharp right hand corner (about 1/2 mile from the school). There is a gate on the road directly in front of you. Just in front of the gate to the left take a very narrow track and proceed along this narrow track for about 300-400 metres and over a narrow bridge called Button Bridge.

- About 25 metres after the bridge is our entrance gate on the left.

- Go through the gate, closing it behind you and you will see a wooden gate to your left with a 'Woodlands for sale' sign on it. This leads to Vern Wood & Meadow.

- Park your vehicle here on the hard-standing and climb carefully over the gate with the 'woodlands for sale' sign on it.

- Please note the owner will be provided with a key for vehicular access.

- Once through the wooden gate stay on the stone track until you see the entrance to the wood and meadow on your right hand side defined by the 'Vern Wood' sign on the ride stop.

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX31 4SB is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

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.

Set upon the edge of a picturesque Ancient woodland, Vern Wood offers management of newly planted trees with scope for further planting in a quiet valley location.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk