A private semi ancient woodland of varying character comprising mixed broadleaf coppice under standards located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Waddenhall Wood. Waddenhall Wood, Petham, Canterbury, Kent. CT4 5PR
Guide Price - £420,000
Waddenhall wood comprises a private block of woodland extending to approximately 102 acres situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The woodland includes a combination of mixed broadleaf species predominately Sweet Chestnut, Hornbeam and Hazel coppice with an over storey of mature Oak, Sweet Chestnut and Beech standards.
Situated in an area of Kent known as the East Kent Chalk Plateau this woodland and its soil types provide excellent growing conditions for mixed broadleaved species. The woodland is split into three “character areas” consisting of Chestnut and Hazel coppice, conservation type ancient woodland and a shallow valley with sporting potential running inside the eastern boundary.
The majority of the woodland is a mixture of coppice of varying ages with the more mature coppice situated on the perimeters. The age ranges from 7 years upwards whilst cutting in the middle of the wood has left younger coppice standing. Other species scattered throughout the wood include Wild Cherry, Sycamore, Ash, Silver Birch and Field Maple with the ground flora dominated by a combination of Wood Anemone, Bluebell and Dog’s Mercury.
The entirety of Waddenhall wood is designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland and is within an established woodland management plan.
The eastern portion comprises valley and banks, which give the wood significant shooting potential and a small shoot has been here for many years.
The current woodland management plan runs from 2012 – 2032. The plan highlights that timber production should be the most important part of future management within the woodlands. The long term vision of the plan is to form a mosaic of uneven aged broadleaf compartments with ongoing coppice operations being undertaken on a sustainable basis.