Winnow Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £49,000 - Freehold
Size: About 4½ acres

Location: High Beeches, Brantridge, Handcross, Crawley, West Sussex
OS Landranger: 187
Grid ref: TQ 279 302
Nearest post code: RH17 6JX

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

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Description  For the most part Winnow Wood is a hot-spot for English oak planted at regular spacing about 25 years ago. A wood to enjoy the delights oak trees provide but also joy from simple regular management with occasional thinning to produce small logs and poles and pruning to ensure the matrix chosen for long-term retention are of the best shape for good timber. As thinning progesses the regular lines and spacing will become much less evident.  

Considered to be semi-natural ancient woodland the gently sloping site displays ample evidence with, in early spring, a fine display of the wild daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus or Lent Lily. Jan Dalton has lots to say on its heritage and distribution. It has a wealth of common names including Lide Lily, Yellow Lily, Wort or Wyrt, Julians, Glens, Lent Cocks, Corn Flower, Bell Rose, Asphodel,  Solomon's Lily, Gracy Day, Haverdrils, Giggary, Cowslip and Crow Foot; some names are obviously shared with other plants. Richard Mabey in his Flora Britannica waxes lyrical about the yellow flower.

The bright blue of the very extensive bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scriptafollows the pale yellow just as the oak starts to come into leaf. Wood sorrel with its simple white flowers adds to the resident list of ancient woodland vascular plants.  

Planting was perhaps a little enthusiastic, ideally space at the ride edges would have reduced woodland edge shade. Coppicing some young oak here would be wildlife-friendly while leaving some canopy over the tracks to aid dormouse navigation.

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. Winnow 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 blue markings mostly on boundary trees and are the track edges on all three sides.

Sporting rights Are 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.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Giant Games Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

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Winnow 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 - 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 where the woodland name sign will be seen marking the start of Winnow 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.