SOLD: Frobisher Wood £55,000 Freehold


Frobisher Wood offers a new owner three wonderfully contrasting types of woodland. Viewing from the east side, first there is an area of mature chestnut coppice, then recently coppiced chestnut with naturally regenerating mixed broadleaf, and to the west an area of established larch. Situated to the north of Abbey Wood North, the wood benefits from a long field boundary which allows lots of sunlight into the woods. There are many elder trees along the field edge of the wood. The wood slopes gently to the north. Despite its unusual long shape, the wood feels wide due to the topography and density of the younger coppice.

The mature chestnut coppice is in the east of Frobisher Wood and is easily accessed from the ride stop entrance. In late spring bluebells flourish on the forest floor. The recently coppiced area in the middle section of the wood includes many mature oak standards. There are a lot of young broadleaf species within this area, including birch, oaks and mountain ash. An owner could reasonably encourage growth of these, and other mixed broadleaves. A private walk path has been created allowing an owner to access the interior of the wood. Along this path a bench has been installed in a clearing by one of the splendid oaks. Amongst the coppice there are small clearings with patches of willowherb and foxgloves – encouraging insects and butterflies. The western area of Frobisher Wood contains mainly mature larch, as well as younger oak, hazel, birch and hawthorn with bracken on the forest floor.

The majority of Frobisher Wood has been designated as mixed Ancient Semi Natural Woods ASNW. The section to the west containing the larch has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. Frobisher Wood is also part of a larger Local Wildlife Site - you can find out more about this here. Sparrow hawks, buzzards, great and lesser spotted woodpeckers and lesser redpoll have been recorded in the area.

The main entrance is via double metal gates off Gravelly Bottom Lane and the wood is approximately 530 meters along a stoned track. Owners are able to drive in and park a car at the entrance to the wood itself. There is a generous timber storage area which is shared with the other owners just inside the main entrance gates.

Woodlands have granted permission for local walkers to use the established track to the south of Frobisher Wood (outside the boundary of the wood) noted as a ‘permissive path’ on the map.

We are fortunate to have two useful studies, which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Abbey Woods (of which Frobisher Wood is a part) as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. We also have a report from Julian Evans, author of “Getting Started in a Wood of Your Own”. The report covers the wider area of Abbey Woods and again, advice is not compulsory. Please bear in mind that not everything in either of them applies to the particular area of Abbey Woods which is Frobisher Wood.

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Frobisher Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 1/5 miles nearby.

Frobisher Wood has recently been named after the 15th century English explorer Sir Martin Frobisher.

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.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with BLUE markings.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 822 515
  • Nearest post code: ME17 3GZ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.2342, 0.608671

Location map


Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code ME17 3GZ. This will take you to within approx. ⅓ mile of Abbey Wood North as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Frobisher Wood off Gravelly Bottom Road are: N51.232004, E0.604416. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • From the M20 Junction 8 head east along the A20 towards Leeds Castle.
  • After approx. 1/3 mile turn right at the roundabout onto the B2163 (signposted Leeds Castle). Follow this road approx. 2 miles through Leeds and Langley.
  • In Langley take the 2nd turning on the left onto Ulcombe Road. The post code will take you to this road.
  • Once on Ulcombe Road, drive approx. 300 meters until you reach a fork in the road. Take the road to the left – Gravelly Bottom Road.
  • Continue past 3 single metal gates until you reach the double metal gates on the left-hand side with ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it (being sure to leave at least one of them accessible).
  • Walk round the main gates, down the stoned track following it round to the right approx. 500 meters until the T-junction. Turn left and Frobisher Wood is in front of you / to the right with its boundaries marked in BLUE. Here you will find the ride stop entrance, together with the Frobisher Wood sign.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code ME17 3GZ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot which is further west back along Ulcombe Road.

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.

A varied ancient wood with mature chestnut coppice, recently coppiced chestnut, many splendid mature oaks and mature larch.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk