Hartley Meadow £365,000 Freehold


Hartley Meadow bursts with potential, providing an expansive canvas upon which a new custodian could transform the landscape through tree planting and rewilding. It would be of interest to those individuals, families or organisations who are looking to undertake a significant woodland creation project, potentially for carbon offsetting purposes.

Starting with an almost blank canvas encourages real creativity when it comes to mapping out the landscape; woodland sections, open rides and glades or even corners of wildflower meadow can all be knitted together to create a dynamic scheme. There is a mass of support and help available for those who would like professional assistance in this regard, which Woodlands could help with.

The parcel itself has been used for agricultural purposes in recent years, although before that was the site of an apple orchard. It is predominantly open flat land, but has the benefit of a well-established belt of woodland which embraces the meadow around its northern and eastern edges. The deciduous woodland provides both cover and habitats for wildlife including birds and mammals and adds biodiversity to the open land. The woodland shaw joins up with the larger Benenden Wood, an ancient woodland, thereby acting as a wildlife corridor through which animals can travel, such as badgers, rabbits and deer which are known to be active in the local area. The woodland will also enable a level of natural regeneration around the perimeter of the open land through seed dispersion, which can be harnessed alongside the active planting of trees to drive woodland creation.

Hartley Meadow also contains two fabulous ponds, one in the middle of the open land towards the northern boundary, and the other on the eastern boundary. Both ponds are surrounded on all sides by a generous belt of broadleaved species, creating sheltered enclosures and havens for wildlife. The ponds are ripe with potential for conservation work, including maintaining and expanding habitats for newts, frogs, insects and other pondlife. Having a source of natural water is a valuable resource.

In terms of layout, the entrance is located in the south-west corner, from which two rows of towering Poplar trees spread out in a northerly and easterly direction. These trees provide excellent shelter as well a grand backdrop to two sides of the meadow. From the entrance, the open land stretches out to the north and to the east, bordered on all sides by either thick hedgerows, trees or sections of woodland. The woodland shaws wrap around the northern and part of the eastern boundary.

Hartley Meadow would appeal to those with environmental and amenity interests who are looking for an opportunity to own a private parcel of land with excellent potential for woodland creation. Hartley Meadow is rare gem in a wonderful location which could be enjoyed by those who have a desire to plant trees; be that to offset carbon, or simply for the joy of conserving and improving the natural landscape.

In their eagerness to preserve this meadow, and as recognition of its value, the local council have given it an extra level of protection by including it within an Article 4 area, which means that it is protected from unsympathetic development. You can read more about that here.

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


- Generous expanse of open land, ideally suited to woodland creation

- Belts of woodland at the northern and eastern fringes, providing a natural seed source

- Well established boundaries on all sides, offering privacy and shelter

- Two well established ponds; excellent habitats for wildlife

- Fantastic location and access

Rights and covenants

The land is accessed via a track along which a full right of way will be granted. The meadow comes with freehold title and there are no public rights of way across the land.

Local area and history

Benenden is one of the Wealden 'dens' that commemorate the Saxon practice of appending forest clearings in the sprawling Andredsweald (the Weald) to their coastal manors. These clearings, or dens, were where the manor pigs rooted for the acorns and other 'pannage' on which they were fattened and from which timber and brushwood was collected.

Following the Norman Conquest, the manor of Benenden was given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother, the Bishop of Bayeux. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as one of only four villages in the Weald to have a Church. It is reffered to as Benendine, its etymology originating from the Old English 'Bynna' meaning 'wooded pasture'.

From around the 14th century, Benenden became a place of indsutrial significance, most notably for the Wealden Ironmasters who contributed to the prosperity of the village.

Wood maps

Land map


Boundary features are marked with orange paint.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 794 339
  • Nearest post code: TN17 4ET
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0756, 0.558408

Location map


Hartley Meadow is accessed via a metalled road, and then track, which lead from from the B2086, Mounts Hill.

Click here for Bing Maps directions, enter your own postcode, (the location coordinates are already entered), and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the field gate at the entrance to the site. After passing through this gate, the entrance to the meadow is around 100m down on your right hand side.

Coordinates for satnav are: 51° 04' 31.2" N, 0° 33' 33.7" E for the field gate.

Satnav: the postcode TN17 4ET is the nearest to the meadow, but please note that this will take you to Mounts Hill, and not the specific entrance.


In terms of finding the meadow, when heading along the Cranbrook Road and then Mounts Hill (both the B2086) from the Cranbrook / Swattenden direction towards Benenden, you need to look out for a turning on your left hand side signposted for Mounts Farm. There is also a small post-box in the hedge on the other side of the turning to the sign. This turning is the last turning to the left off the B2086 before you reach the signs for Benenden Village, where the speed limit is reduced to 40mph. Head all the way to the end of this metalled road, which is around 0.5km. At this point, the road turns into a wooded track, continue along here and pass through the field gate. The entrance to Hartley meadow will be around 100m down on your right hand side.

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Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

EITHER £300 for a woodland course of your choice

OR £300 contribution towards buying trees, tree shelters or stakes

Free copies of our woodland book

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

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A stunning mixed parcel including open land, belts of woodland and two ponds - ideally suited to tree planting or rewilding for carbon offsetting purposes, for either private or commercial buyers.

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