Saxon Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £85,000 - Freehold
Size: About 8½ acres

Location: at Dixons Covert, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
OS Landranger: 155
Grid ref: TL 824 701
Nearest post code: IP28 6DY

Contact: Richard Scholfield
Phone: 07811 818 277
Email: [email protected]

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Throughout history the River Lark nearby would have been the main route for travel and trade, with settlements along the valleyside. Intriguingly Saxon Wood has an ancient feature, a 'round' consisting of a circular depression about 6 metres wide encompassing almost 5 acres, and as Stanley West, the archaeologist most associated with West Stow Anglo Saxon village nearby describes that settlement as being about 5 acres. A fuller historical account of this area can be found here and shows a timeline from post ice-age to present day.

The Bronze Age bowl barrow about 200 metres to the south is further evidence of ancient settlements, 'finds' here include flint flakes and Bronze Age and Roman pottery.

Tall pines, reaching for the sky, fill the wood with lots of straight-grown timber, providing wood in plenty.  Grasses cover the woodland floor giving easy walking throughout; small trees are emerging which will provide cover and mature trees in the future. The Scots pine, found throughout, is the traditional tree of the area and grows well on the free-draining sandy soils of the woodland. These sandy soils are also good for all year access.

With about 47,000 acres of forest nearby, help in the form of chainsaw persons is always available, help to take out the odd tree to open up the woodland floor and encourage natural regeneration of broadleaved trees or creating light for tree planting. This stage of the wood's development is ideal for continuous cover forestry.

There are views out to Culford Parkland which lies just to the east and Saxon Wood is included in the Park and Garden Heritage designation. It is also in a Conservation Area, for any application for felling trees this should be mentioned on the Forestry Commission form.

Note: the lidded pipe with padlock (pic 6) was put in to test the ground water level. Water is about 2 metres down. The pipe could be used as a modest water supply for watering etc, using a 12 volt immersion pump. It is clean but not drinkable.

Boundaries  Are indicated by mauve markings on trees and posts and are, north and east: the fence line, west the edge of the track and south the line of free-standing posts.

Sporting Rights  Are in hand and included.

Access  Is off the public highway from the main entrance with the double gates and along the forest tracks shown dashed green on the plans. A full right of way with the shared maintenance according to the use made.

Covenant  The purchasers of this woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of this and adjoining woodlands. Click here for details.

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Saxon Wood lies about 5 miles north of Bury St Edmunds, 12 miles south of Thetford and little over 30 mins from Cambridge within easy reach of the A12, A14 and M11.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is IP28 6DY as shown by the red dot on the maps. Coordinates are (entrance)  N 52.296154  E 0.674427

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the main entrance gates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. These directions can be printed. These will take you to the parking by the double main gates .....

From the A14 at Bury St Edmunds head for the Fornhams

  • at Fornham St Genevieve take the B1106 towards Culford and Thetford
  • fork left signed West Stow, the wood entrance is about ½ mile on the right through the double wooden gates
  • park to one side
  • .... walk round the double gates follow the track, then take the left track - walk down this until seeing the blue markings on the right with the entrance and name rail.

Please note: the particulars with plans, maps, descriptions and measurements are for reference only and although carefully checked we cannot guarantee their accuracy and do not form part of any contract. Any intending purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of these particulars.