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SOLD: Hitch Wood £129,000 Freehold

Description

Hitch Wood is an ancient woodland located within the South Downs National Park and situated close to Brighton. It is part of a larger wood known as Rushfield Park Wood. A rustic bench has been installed in a large private clearing where an owner can sit and enjoy their wood. Hitch Wood is easily accessed via a stoned track and there is a private track through the wood itself. There are no public footpaths through or abutting Hitch Wood.

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.

Trees

The west side of the wood comprises oak standards (approx. 80 years old) with mixed broadleaves. These are partly natural regeneration, partly coppice regrowth and include hornbeam, hazel, birch, ash and field maple. Western red cedar is scattered within this block, with a denser belt along the northern edge. There are a couple of Scots pines along the edge of the track. The east side of the wood features a fairly dense western red cedar plantation (approx. 60 years old) with birch and older oak. There is a small amount of ash, hornbeam and hazel mainly along the ride edges. There is a minor component of ash with Chalara which should be removed when undertaking any thinning. A draft woodland management plan for Rushfield Park Wood (of which Hitch Wood is a part) is available upon request.

The west side of Hitch Wood has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) and the northeast side as Planted Ancient Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

Wildlife

Great spotted and green woodpeckers, nuthatch, tawny owls, sparrowhawks and buzzards have been recorded in the area. There is plenty of opportunity to enhance the habitat for wildlife here, from the simple provision of bird and bat boxes to the management of the tree cover and ground flora. Deer have also been seen within the wood.

Features

- An ancient woodland within the South Downs National Park.

- Extremely varied, featuring a mix of conifer and broadleaf species.

- A private track leading to a large clearing and a rustic bench.

- A secluded and tranquil wood, surrounded by mature woodlands.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Hitch Wood is via a single wooden gate off the A281. A stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance to the wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within Hitch Wood. The track continues beyond the entrance, as a stoned track to the east of the wood and an unsurfaced track to the south and west. There is an existing internal track through the middle of the wood. There are no public rights of way within or abutting Hitch Wood.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

The owner of Hitch Wood will be asked to enter a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the wood.

Activities

Hitch Wood is a great wood for family forestry activities - from learning all about ancient woodland management; to setting up a private camp for overnight stays; or simply for a relaxing day picnicking within the trees; or seeing what birds can be spotted in the woods.

Local area and history

The Devil’s Dyke (a National Trust beauty spot) is less then 3 miles away and provides access to one of the countries National Trails The South Downs Way. A funicular railway once ran from the Devil’s Dyke to the village of Poynings. The village of Poynings is approx. 1 mile away where you will find the recently refurbished Royal Oak Pub. Less than half a mile from Rushfield Park Wood is the award winning Rushfield Farm Shop and garden centre. Brighton is approximately 7 miles from Hitch Wood.

One of the previous owners of Rushfield Park Wood, a Mr Sidney Tidy (who was President of Brighton Scouts at the time) gifted 23 acres of Rushfield Park Wood (an area of woodland further to the north) to the Scouts. This is still used as a Scout ground to this day.

Hitch Wood has been named after a type of knot – in homage to the Scout Association.

Wood maps

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

Find this wood

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

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 198
  • Grid ref: TQ 264 134
  • Nearest post code: BN45 7AZ
  • GPS coordinates: 50.907, -0.202693

Location map

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code BN45 7AZ. This will take you practically opposite the main entrance of Rushfield Park Wood as shown by the red dot on the map.

Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Hitch Wood off the A281 are: N50.905756, W-0.207554

To find the wood follow the instructions below.

From Brighton:

  • Follow the A23 London Road north out of Brighton.
  • Take the A281 exit from A23 - signposted Henfield A281 and Services.
  • At the first roundabout by the garage, continue straight onto West Rd / A281.
  • At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A281.
  • Continue past Rushfields Plant Centre and Farm Shop on your right.
  • Approx. 400 meters on your right-hand side is the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood.


Towards Brighton:

  • Travelling south on the A23, take the exit signposted Hassocks A273.
  • Once you have exited the A23 follow the signs to Henfield / Newtimber A281. This will take you back over the A23 and back onto the A23 briefly before exiting onto the A281 - signposted Henfield A281 and Services.
  • At the first roundabout by the garage, continue straight onto West Rd / A281.
  • At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A281.
  • Continue past Rushfields Plant Centre and Farm Shop on your right.
  • Approx. 400 meters on your right-hand side is the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood.

At the entrance to Rushfield Park Wood:

  • The gate has a large ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign either side of it. Park here, ensuring there is space for the gate to be accessed.
  • Walk round the gate, down the stoned track approx. 450 meters. This leads to the ride stop entrance to Hitch Wood on the right-hand side, together with the Hitch Wood sign, with its boundaries marked in RED.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code BN45 7AZ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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.

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 extremely private mixed ancient woodland, located within the South Downs National Park and close to the coast.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk