Tortoiseshell Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £72,000 - Freehold
Size: About 5½ acres

Location: Hawkchurch near Axminster, Devon
OS Landranger: 193
Grid ref: ST 347 010
Nearest post code: EX13 5TZ

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

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Tortoiseshell Wood is a woodland owner's dream - the quiet location in the middle of a shallow valley with stunning views. A wooden summerhouse makes the perfect centre-piece for enjoying this woodland set amongst a plethora of tree species and mixed woodland habitats including a small stream.

The woodland has a good access from the surrounding quiet country lanes around the village of Hawkchurch. Being level, the wood is easy to get around. From a stone parking area at the woodland entrance a track leads to the summer house with a large clearing. This is a great spot for camping or picnics on a long summers evening. In the sunny glade here you can often spot butterflies including the tortoiseshell butterfly.

From the summerhouse you can look north and see the diversity of tree species. To the left is an area of maturing conifer trees ideally suited to small scale forestry projects such as building platforms and climbing frames for the family. Straight ahead are mixed broadleaved trees including hazel and mature trees such as oak and birch. Finally, to the right you will see alder both young and old and mixed ground flora.

There is an area of wet woodland in the southern section of the woodland, with alder and rushes which is a perfect habitat for amphibians such as frogs. Wet woodland is an important part of Tortoiseshell Wood as it provides habitat for insects such as beetles and in turn, further up the food chain, for bats and birds who feed on the insects. There are numerous badger holes on site, some of which have signs of activity, giving the woodland owner the chance to observe these mysterious creatures at dusk.

A small stream flows in at the south eastern edge of the woodland and meanders through to join another spring along the western boundary.

Access   from the quiet country lanes around the idyllic village of Hawkchurch is good and suitable for most family vehicles.

Covenant   There is a covenant, click here to read, on the woodland designed to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of this and adjoining woodland.

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Tortoiseshell Wood at Hawkchurch is 5 miles north east of Axminster and 6 miles south of Chard, in East Devon.

Click here for Bing Maps Directionsenter your own postcode, (the entrance at the roadside coordinates are already entered) and click on the "Directions" box. This will, take you to the start of the private track. Note this track entrance is not shown on the OS map but is shown on the details map 4.

Satnav: the postcode EX13 5TZ  is shown by the red dot on the location plan.   N50.803166, W2.937518

  • Around 500 metres past the Church and out of the main body of the village look out for a tarmac entrance with a cattle grid and a green sign saying Wyld Court and The Granary
  • This is the main entrance to the woodland. Drive along the winding track, up the hill and at the crossroads turn left onto a stoned track
  • Follow this track along to the end and you will see a gate with a 'woodlands for sale' sign on it
  • Park carefully outside this gate leaving access to this entrance and the tracks either side
  • Climb carefully over the gate. The purchaser will be provided with a key for vehicular access
  • Walk along the track for about 200 metres until you see a woodland track on your left.
  • Take this track down the hill where you will see the entrance to the woodland on your right indicated by a stoned car parking area and a ride stop with a 'Tortoiseshell Wood' name sign on.
  • There is an internal track heading to the summerhouse.

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.