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Post Wood, Shadoxhurst Road, Shadoxhurst
Post Wood comprises a single block of semi natural ancient woodland extending to approximately 46.67 acres (18.88 hectares) situated within the Low Weald, a sought-after location in the county of Kent. The woodland primarily comprises mixed broadleaf species including Hornbeam coppice under Oak standards, with other native species scattered throughout, and isolated Conifer clusters.
The woodland is on Weald clay which suits broadleaf species and additional features include small Wealden ponds and a well-defined network of rides providing good accessibility for vehicles. The north eastern boundary is determined by the Byway with the south eastern boundary defined by the treeline beyond an established internal ride. The entire western boundary is bordered by agricultural land in arable production, with most of the boundary fenced.
Broadleaf woodlands in this part of Kent were extensively damaged by the storm of October 1987. At that time Post Wood belonged to the Forestry Commission and in the years immediately following substantial areas were felled and cleared enabling broadleaf species to naturally regenerate into the woodlands seen today.
There is significant potential for development of a woodland of great character. The biodiversity of the woodlands in this location is exceptional, with adjacent land recognised as a Nightingale hotspot, and a wide range of other wildlife and plants is found. The Forestry Commission and Natural England run environmental and management schemes which may be of interest to a future owner.
STEWARDSHIP & ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES
The woodland has the potential to be incorporated into a countryside stewardship scheme or entered into a standalone woodland grant scheme both of which provide financial assistance for various components of woodland management and woodland creation. Prospective purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries with the Rural Payments Agency and Natural England representatives for further clarification on these opportunities.
The woodland may also have further potential in the context of its natural capital and the rapidly evolving schemes which are likely to be introduced following passage of the Agriculture and Environment Bills through Parliament. Nature based solutions may provide opportunities for woodland owners with schemes for the provision of ecosystem services and biodiversity net gain may present future income opportunities beyond those currently available today. Prospective purchasers will need to take their own advice on such matters.
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A private parcel of conservation woodland with rides and Wealden Ponds throughout.