SOLD: Keep Wood £95,000 Freehold


Keep Wood is next to a quiet narrow country lane. It is mostly Sweet Chestnut coppice and Japanese larch, and there are a number of mature oaks of various age classes including some splendid veteran oak. There are a few other broadleaf species including birch, hazel and willow, providing an interesting mix.

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 Keep 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 Prof. 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 Keep 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.


This wood has been well managed, and both the chestnut and the larch are reaching the end of their planned cycle. The new owners will be able to harvest the chestnut, either as a whole, or more slowly as and when they wish, to create durable fence posts, or to provide a bountiful supply of firewood. Of course, it will conveniently regrow. The larch is ready for thinning, again either as a whole, or tree by tree as is convenient for the new owners. It is a useful softwood. The space created by thinning would allow the best trees to thrive and encourage the growth of the broadleaf species found in the understory. The owners could also add to the variety of native trees here. Dormant wildflowers are likely to appear in the spring wherever the sunlight is able to reach the ground.


Crossbills, sparrow hawks, buzzards and kestrels, green and great spotted woodpeckers and lesser redpoll have been recorded in the area.


Keep Wood has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. Keep Wood is also part of a larger Local Wildlife Site - you can find out more about this here.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There are two gates which provide vehicular access to Keep Wood. The main entrance to the wood is on the south east corner of the wood. From this single metal gate, an owner can drive in and park a car within the wood itself. From the ride stop entrance a private walk track winds through the larch and oaks to a clearing where a bench has been installed. The second gate entrance at the north of the wood leads to a stoned track along the west of Keep Wood, allowing the extraction of timber and coppice materials. This track is also a public footpath. There is a shared timber stacking area at the gate.

Local area and history

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Keep Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 1/5 miles nearby. Keep Wood has recently been named in homage to its history, as originally it was a part of Leeds Castle Woodlands.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with ORANGE 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 816 511
  • Nearest post code: ME17 3GZ
  • GPS coordinates: 51.2304, 0.599805

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 South as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Keep Wood off Pitt Road are: N51.229332, E0.602964. 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 right - Pitt Road.
  • You will pass a single metal gate on the right-hand side with a ‘Woodlands For Sale’ sign on it. Continue approx. 1/3 of a mile until you reach a single barrier gate on the right-hand side, with another ‘Woodlands For Sale’ sign on it.
  • Park just beyond here in the layby being careful to ensure your car is completely off the road. (Alternatively, you can park in front of the 1st gate back towards the Ulcombe Road).
  • Walk round the barrier gate, down the stoned track and the ride stop entrance to Keep Wood is to the right with its boundaries marked in ORANGE.
  • 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.

With two access routes off the country lane, Keep Wood is mostly a sweet chestnut coppice and Japanese larch wood, with oaks and other broadleaf species.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk