Stage Wood is a delightful wood which features a perennial stream providing a constant source of water for flora and fauna. Tucked away at the end of a stoned track in the south of a larger wood known as Horse Pasture Wood, Stage Wood is quiet and private. The ride stop entrance allows an owner to park their car well within the wood itself. It is an extremely varied wood with lots to offer those new to woodlands and seasoned woodland managers alike.
The north east of the wood is mixed conifer – with Norway spruce, sitka spruce and western hemlock. As the wood slopes down to the stream and across to the private track there is an area of mixed broadleaf where ash, alder, mature poplar, oak and birch are found. To the west of the track is an area of Scots pine and more mixed broadleaf including sweet chestnut, oak, cherry, beech, hazel and a lot of naturally regenerating birch. The ground flora is in areas dominated by bracken and bramble. There is a natural sunny clearing amongst the Scots pine where wild cherry have matured. Along the southern boundary of the wood there are mature beech, hornbeam, holly, mountain ash and hazel. There is a short section of public footpath running just within the eastern boundary of the wood. The walkers keep a regular eye on the woods and respect the paths accordingly. The footpath that runs along the north and west boundaries are outside of Stage Wood.
The woods attract plenty of wildlife, buzzards have been spotted overhead and green woodpeckers have been heard in the woods. Numerous butterfly species have been spotted including meadow browns, fritillaries, speckled woods and whites.
Natural England designates the west area and a small area in the north east of Stage Wood as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) and the east of the wood as Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland. This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. Stage Wood is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
We are fortunate to have two useful studies, which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Horse Pasture Wood (of which Stage Wood is a small part) as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. We also have a report from our Professional Adviser Prof. Julian Evans, author of “Getting Started in a Wood of Your Own”. The report covers the wider area of Horse Pasture Wood and again, advice is not compulsory. Please bear in mind that not everything in either of them applies to the particular area of Horse Pasture Wood which is Stage Wood.
The town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is approximately 4.5 miles away. A short walk from the town centre is Dunorlan Park, a Grade II listed park offering 78 acre gardens which include a Grecian Temple and ornamental Fountain. For those seeking adventure on water, a little further away (approximately 10 miles) is Bewl Water, which is the largest stretch of open water in the South East, offering fishing, cycling and boating.
Stage Wood has recently been named after a type of horse-drawn vehicle.
You can get a good feel of this woodland from the 360 degree film of the woodland below. If you click and move you can look around at the woodland just as if you were standing in it.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
You are welcome to visit this wood
by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you – many
of our woodlands do not have mobile phone
reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them
to your phone/tablet/laptop.
Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale.
If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit
please contact our local manager.