Magister Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £62,000 - Freehold
Size: About 6½ acres

Location: High Beeches, Brantridge, Handcross, Crawley, West Sussex
OS Landranger: 187
Grid ref: TQ 278 301
Nearest post code: RH17 6JX

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

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Description  Magister Wood lies on a gentle slope with a warm sunny south west aspect. A plantation of young English oak greets the visitor, continuing down the tracks through the tall pine the wood opens up to reveal the fine pond.

The oak may seem regemented now but as it matures and is thinned (perhaps for oak posts) favouring the stronger trees a more natural look will evolve. Under the oak bluebells abound (their seed heads can be seen out of season) accompanied by widespread wood sorrel - both indicator species of semi-natural ancient woodland. 

The pond, open to the south and tree fringed to the north is a major point of interest for all the local wildlife, the resident deer spoor show how they often drink here. In season dragonflies emerge circling the pond in a quest to find a mate.  Modest clearing of some overhanging trees to allow more light in could increase the area of aquatic plants.

The substantial pine forms the backbone of the woodland, woody plants cover some areas while other parts are open and clear or have a light covering of bracken and ferns. Pockets of bluebells shine out in spring. In summer the needles give off the scent of pine, in winter the shelter can be enjoyed below as the sound of wind in the tree tops filters down. Corsican pine is easy to recognise with their long needles arranged in pairs and dark fissured bark.

The wood is classified as PAWS, plantation on ancient woodland site and is in the High Weald AONB.

Local area  This part of West Sussex is very well-wooded. Magister Wood is tucked within the large woodland area of Blackfold, Denchcombe, Harrys, Carroty and Cow Woods between High Beeches Gardens, well worth a visit, The National Trust's Nymans Gardens and the fine country houses, Ditton Place and Brantridge Park. Once part of a large estate the woods and nearby gardens were set out by the Loders, a family well know in plant collecting circles.

Boundaries  These are shown by orange markings mostly on boundary trees and are the track edges ( 3 metres from track centre) on all three sides.

Sporting rights  Are owned and included.

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

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Magister Wood is about 5 miles south of Crawley, just off the A23 due east of Handcross.

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, entrance coordinates are already entered and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the track entrance off High Beeches Lane, between the two brick pillers.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is RH17 6JX as shown by the red dot on the maps and the coordinates are: N 5 1. 0 6 3 6 8 5 and W 0 . 1 7 7 3 6 7 - they work really well in a satnav  (N51:03:49 W0:10:39)

Heading south along the M23 go past J11, the road then becomes the A23(T)

  • take the next slip road signed Handcross B2110 / B2114
  • at the roundabout take 2nd left, (straight on) signed Handcross
  • at the next roundabout turn left, signed to Turners Hill and High Beeches B2110 - this is High Beeches Lane
  • after about ½ mile look out for the sign to The High Beeches Gardens
  • then take the 2nd entrance on the right after the gardens entrance into the Old Flour Mill, now offices for a software company
  • drive straight in between the 2 brick pillers, then bear left onto the old tarmac track
  • follow this track, pass the 'Private' signs
  • after almost ½ mile pull in on the right by the 'Woodlands For Sale' sign
  • park in the open area and walk down the track - take the left fork then the right fork
  • continue down this track until the name sign will be seen marking the start of Magister Wood.


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.