SOLD: Surlingham Wood £75,000 Freehold

  • At Postwick, Near Norwich, Norfolk
  • over 5 acres
  • East Anglia


Located within a few miles of Norwich on the banks of the River Yare, Surlingham Wood seems far away from it all, but within easy reach of a major city. It has good access from a public road and its own parking. The poplar trees provide a high canopy but retain an open feel, producing a light and spacious atmosphere in the woodland. It also provides a refuge for a variety of wildlife including kingfishers and the elusive Chinese Water Deer, as well as migrating geese and waders.

There is a right of way along a track to an area of private riverbank, with exclusive use for the owners of this wood and its neighbours, suitable for fishing, boating, etc.

The woodland is only 9 miles from the city of Norwich and a short distance from both the village of Brundall and A47 however feels very rural and offers owners a perfect countryside retreat.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Matt Marples.

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 wood is mainly poplar trees, mixed with some self seeded native broadleaf trees which add some variety. Poplar trees have many uses.

  • In many areas, fast-growing poplars are grown for pulpwood
  • Poplar is widely used for the manufacture of paper.
  • It is also sold as inexpensive hardwood timber, used for pallets and plywood; more specialised uses include matchboxes and the boxes in which Camembert cheese is sold.
  • Poplar wood is also widely used in the snowboard industry for the snowboard core, because it has exceptional flexibility, and is sometimes used in the bodies of electric guitars and drums.
  • Poplar wood, particularly when seasoned, makes a good hearth for a bow drill.
  • Due to its high tannic acid content, the bark has been used in Europe for tanning leather.


Of note Chinese water deer are seen on this and neighbouring land. Chinese water deer were first introduced into Great Britain in the 1870s. The animals were kept in the London Zoo until 1896, when Herbrand Russell oversaw their transferral to Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. More of the animals were imported and added to the herd over the next three decades. In 1929 and 1930, 32 deer were transferred from Woburn to Whipsnade, also in Bedfordshire, and released into the park. The majority of the current population of Chinese water deer in Britain derives from escapees, with the remainder being descended from many deliberate releases. Most of these animals still reside close to Woburn Abbey. It appears that the deer's strong preference for a particular habitat – tall reed and grass areas in rich alluvial deltas - has restricted its potential to colonize further afield. The main area of distribution is from Woburn, east into Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex, and south towards Whipsnade.


Close to the River yare and with a deep dyke running down its side the wood is level and well drained.

Access, tracks and footpaths

An excellent stone access track runs from the highway to the woodland.

Rights and covenants

This woodland forms part of the Norfolk Broads and it and the surrounding land is protected from future development ensuring a tranquil haven for years to come.


The woodland could now provide an excellent timber resource or used as a wildlife haven and country retreat. Course fishing is available from the exclusive riverbank area on the river Yare.

Local area and history

The woodland is within walking distance of Brundall village in the English county of Norfolk. It is located on the north bank of the River Yare opposite Surlingham Broad and about 7 miles (11 km) east of the city of Norwich.

As in other broadland areas, the land lying directly adjacent to the river falls into the executive area of the Broads Authority.

The village is served by Brundall and Brundall Gardens railway stations, which are both on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Wherry Lines.

The village is famous for its boat-building business, with Brooms of Brundall being a major manufacturer in the past. Positioned in the heart of the Norfolk Broads area, it still serves an important role in the industry.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are: east - the dyke; south - the dyke beyond the final row of poplar trees; west - the dyke and north - the stakes. Indicative boundary markings are in red.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 134
  • Grid ref: TG 305 076
  • Nearest post code: NR13 5HL
  • GPS coordinates: 52.6176, 1.40467

Location map


  • The woodland is between Brundall and Postwick, just east of Norwich.
  • It is situated not far from the junction of the A47 Norwich ring road and the A1042.
  • Take the exit off the roundabout signposted for Postwick. About 100 metres on the right, after the bus stop, is a turning to the right into Oaks Lane, again signposted Postwick.
  • Follow this road under the railway bridge and past the telephone box on the right, signposted Marshes.
  • Then take the next left up Leeder Road and follow up the hill past the church. Follow this road for half a mile until you reach the junction with Ferry Lane.
  • The gateway to the track, leading to the woodland is located a hundred metres down this road, on the right.
  • There is also a car park at the end of Ferry Lane for parking during viewing.

    Satnav/GPS note: the postcode NR13 5HL 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 attractive woodland with access to river frontage on the river Yare, located within a few miles of Norwich.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: matt@woodlands.co.uk