London 68 miles; Fareham 4 miles; Portsmouth 12 miles, Winchester 16 miles; Southampton 13 miles
See Location and Site Plans over.
Leachpond Copse is situated on the west side of Titchfield Lane midway between Wickham and Titchfield within the generally wooded area including Botley Wood, Ridge Copse and Flagpond Copse. Wickham is about 2 miles to the north-east and Titchfield 3 miles to the south. The centre of Fareham is about 4 miles to the south-east and Junction 9 of the M27 motorway 4 miles to the south-west.
Travelling south down Titchfield Lane from Wickham for about ¾ mile, over the railway you will find the vehicular access gate and a generous sized lay by on the right hand side with a steel security gate. This wide gated access is set back from Titchfield Lane at os 1:50,000 Scale Landranger Map No 196 Entrance at Grid Ref: Su . Nearest postcode PO15 6DY. What3Words:/// translate.waddled.heckler. This is the vehicular access down the tarmac road to the Wood. The alternative public footpath access to Leachpond Copse is as shown on the Sale plans over.
Viewing is possible without appointment at any time during daylight hours so long as prospective purchasers are in possession of a set of these Sale Particulars. Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors contains unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exceptions. You should exercise common sense and caution such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding trip hazards and steep banks.
Leachpond Copse comprises about 29.62 acres of mainly broadleaf with amenity Ancient and semi-Ancient woodland and copse all of which is included within the “Everett’s Coppice Site of Special Scientific Interest (sssi)”. The woodland is well known and recognised for its structural diversity and rich flora arising from its position on the transition of soil and geology from Plateau Gravel to Reading Beds and Upper Chalk.
The Wood is predominantly of Hazel understorey and Oak overstorey with scattered Yew, Lime, Sycamore and Ash. There is a rich ground flora with many flowering plant indications of Ancient woodland and a wide range of vegetation and micro habitats within. This is a special wooded area of Central Southern England and would continue to benefit from careful and sensitive management.
The overall original notification of sssi designation was made on the 12th November 1986. The wooded area and mainly broadleaf overstorey vary from dry acid Hazel - Oak woodland over bramble, bracken and honeysuckle in the north to Ash-Wych Elm woodland with Yew, coppiced stools of the rare small-leaved Lime and a more species-rich flora over old Chalk Quarries in the south. Everett’s Coppice and the adjoining woodland collectively support an outstandingly rich flora of flowering plants indicative of Ancient woodlands including several which are local or rare for example: Orpine, Solomon’s Seal, Violet Helleborine, Smooth-stalked Sedge, Common Cow-wheat, Bluebell, Wild Hyacinth and Forster’s Woodrush.
Leachpond Copse includes a wide range of native broad-leaf trees, mixed conifers, mixed broad-leaf and an understory of hazel. Over the last 20 years of so mixed conifers including Scots Pine and Coriscan Pine have been selectively felled to start the restoration of Leachpond Copse into a mainly broadleaf wood. New tracks and pathways have been formed through the woodland to give improved access for both timber and forestry operations as well as enhancing its amenity and conservation value and potential. Glades have been created within the wood and there is room for more, combined with regular coppice work of the under-storey hazel. A significant fringe of semi-natural woodland remains around the boundary of Leachpond Copse and along the internal wood banks which is mainly oak/ash woodland with hazel, hawthorn and bramble under-storey. The wood retains good numbers of veteran trees (two are mentioned in the European Ancient Tree Register from the 14th Century.) with many large oaks, standards and coppice stools and occasional mature field maple coppice stools along the wood banks together with several Wild Service Trees.
Leachpond Copse has a slight north-westerly slope levelling out in the northern parts which can become water-logged in winter with some surface water centred around Leaches Pond. Close by to the Pond is a wide open attractive glade accessed off the main track which benefits from a Woodland Lodge of timber frame and clad construction used as a base for occasional camping, day time recreation and storage.
The immediate area around the Leachpond is generally wet, supporting a range of plant characteristics of wet woodland including several species of ferns and sedges. The pond and its margins also contains flora that contributes to the diversity of species found within the wood. The side vegetation is very varied, generally dominated by grasses with Devil’s Bit Scabious, Primrose, Betony and Sawort whilst in the wetter areas Rushes and pendulus Sedge can be found.
The woodland to the east including Flagpond Copse and Stonyfield Copse is owned by Hampshire County Council and National Grid have an electricity distribution station close by to the north-west boundary of Leachpond Copse which is served by the same shared access road. Land to the south and west of Leachpond Copse comprises the “Skylark Golf and Country Club” golf course and the 16th tee, fairway and green.
The amenity value of this wood cannot be ignored particularly as woods in this locality of south-east Hampshire are so rarely available to purchase; woodland birds have been recorded including Tawny Owls, Woodcock, Green and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Wagtails, Tree-Creepers, Gold and Fire Crests, Nightingales Finches and Buzzards. Roe and Muntjac deer are often seen grazing and passing through the woodland area. Great Crested Newts, Hazel Dormice and Black or Common Adder (Viper Berus) have also been noted.
The original sssi designation also recognises this woodland area as being of exceptional importance for the rich insect population especially of butterflies with over 36 species breeding annually. Some of the largest and strongest colonies of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, and White Admiral and Purple Emperor have been recorded, and over 600 species of moth.
Natural England have previously provided a statement of their views about how this woodland area can be best managed for nature conservation and enhancement. This information together with the original sssi notification and woodland operation are available from the Vendor’s Agents.
There are a number of good access ways, paths, rides and glades throughout the woodland area allowing easy access into all parts of the Copse. The calm nature of the surroundings makes this an exceptionally pleasant wood that will appeal to a wide range of aspiring woodland owners.
It is understand that the larger Tapnage Woodland area, of which Leachpond Copse forms part, was given by a grateful Nation to Lord Nelson for his victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
After two years ownership, commercially managed woods qualify for 100% relief from Inheritance Tax. Timber sales are free of all Income Tax and do not attract Capital Gains Tax. In certain circumstances it is possible to roll-over Capital Gains into the proportion of the purchase price attributable to the value of the land.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale of the freehold and are not let. There are frequent sightings of roe, fallow and muntjac deer too.
These are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
Rights of way/access:
Vehicular access to the wood is through the secure steel gate off Titchfield Lane and then down the tarmac roadway for about 1000m - but by prior appointment only.
Pedestrian access can be gained at any time via the public footpath, No. 28 which runs to, from and through part of the wood. There is no “right to roam” for the public within an sssi. Public access is restricted solely to the marked pathway.
Rights, wayleaves and and easements:
The woodland is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water, gas and electricity supplies and any other easements. There is a 250mm underground gas pipeline laid in 1990 through the northern part of the Copse with a 6m wide easement.
Plans and areas:
These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to their accuracy and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.
Tenure and possession:
Freehold. Vacant possession will be given on Completion.
Method of sale:
Leachpond Copse is offered for sale Freehold and by Private Treaty. Prospective purchasers should register their interest with the Selling Agents to whom offers should be submitted.
The land can be viewed at any time during daylight hours on foot whilst in possession of a set of these sale particulars.
For further information, please contact the Selling Agents.
Price guide: £225,000 - offers are invited
Ian Judd & Partners llp - Tim Gardner
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