SOLD: Little Bodgers Wood £75,000 Freehold

  • Stokenchurch , High Wycombe , Buckinghamshire
  • about 3 ¾ acres
  • East Anglia


Little Bodgers Wood is an absolute gem which forms part of a much larger area of woodland known as East Wood. A manageable sized woodland with the benefit of an excellent stoned access track suitable for most vehicles, it offers an ideal start into family forestry.

Magnificent mature beech trees dominate whilst beneath their canopy future generations of trees are at all stages of growth.

Little Bodgers Wood forms part of an ancient area of woodland dating back to at least 1600 AD. The trees have over the centuries been harvested for timber and new trees grown on naturally, thus the woodland feels as nature intended.

Beech is an excellent timber with many uses from furniture making to providing logs for heating your home.

A number of small glades offer secluded places to set up camp out of sight of the main access track. Previous management has provided some brash piles which are ideal firewood for a small camp fire.

Easily found and accessed off the A40, being under an hour from London and 30 minutes from Oxford. The village of Stokenchurch is less than a mile from the woodland and has a variety of village shops.

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.


Little Bodgers Wood forms part of a much larger area of ancient woodland known as East Wood. In 1996 the Royal Agricultural Society of England awarded this woodland a silver medal certificate for natural regeneration and in 1998 it won the Chiltern woodlands award for demonstrating the highest standards of silvaculture management.

Previously managed to maximise the capital value of timber value whilst allowing natural regeneration to establish. Dotted throughout this beech woodland you will also find oaks, holly, hawthorn and cherry which add a nice variety.


The woodland is also home to lots of wildlife. If you arrive early in the morning you may see a roe or muntjac deer. A site at nearby Stokenchurch was chosen as the first release point for red kites in 1989. The Chilterns were deemed to be the perfect habitat for re-establishing these birds of prey and this woodland is no exception. You will frequently see or hear one of these beautiful birds as they glide overhead.


Set on a gentle slope the wood whilst compact offers privacy as is very dense in places. A glade is situated in the eastern end of the woodland and more glades could easily be established which would add a diversity of habitat.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Two sides of the wood border solid stoned tracks allowing good access suitable for most family vehicles.


Little Bodgers Wood provides the opportunity for a new owner to engage in family forestry. Managing a mixed woodland and learning bushcraft skills is a great way to escape modern life. Camping or building woodland hides and all sorts of other outdoor activities can be done here.

Local area and history

The wood is named after the traditional name used for local chair makers. The term was once common around the furniture-making town of High Wycombe. Traditionally, bodgers were highly skilled itinerant wood-turners, who worked in the beech woodlands of the Chiltern Hills.The term and trade also spread to Ireland and Scotland. Chairs were made and parts turned in all parts of the UK before the semi industrialised production of High Wycombe. As well recorded in Cotton the English Regional Chair. Although, originally the term was confined to High Wycombe, more recently since the revival of interest in pole lathe turning post 1980, many current chairmakers now call themselves bodgers.

Chair bodgers were one of three types of craftsmen associated with the making of the traditional country "Windsor Chairs" . Of the other craftsmen involved in the construction of a Windsor chair, one was the benchman who worked in a small town or village workshop and would produce the seats, backsplats and other sawn parts. The final craftsman involved was the framer. The framer would take the components produced by the bodger and the benchman and would assemble and finish the chair.

In the early years of the 20th century, there were about 30 chair bodgers scattered within the vicinity of the High Wycombe furniture trade.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are indicated by blue paint markings on trees and boundary stakes. The southern boundary and western boundaries are a line of stakes. The northern and eastern boundary are the track edge.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 165
  • Grid ref: SU 778 954
  • Nearest post code: HP14 3XJ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.6529, -0.87587

Location map


From the M40 take junction 5 and proceed to Stokenchurch via the A40

  • Follow the A40 towards High Wycombe keeping left as you go through Stokenchurch.
  • Half a mile outside of the village the road bends gently left and the gateway to the woodland is on the right.
  • Park to the side of the gateway and climb carefully over the metal gate.
  • An open area is directly behind the gate.
  • A stoned track runs from the gate bending right before heading down hill.
  • Follow this track for 100 metres and the woodland entrance is on your left.
  • Note the buyer will be provided with a key for vehicular access.
  • Satnav/GPS note: the postcode HP14 3XJ 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.

An award winning classical beech woodland.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: matt@woodlands.co.uk