Trekelland Wood

Trekelland Wood, Lewannick, Launceston, Cornwall | Woodlands.co.uk

Description

Trekelland Wood lies near the top of a valley on the rural fringes of the quaint Cornish village of Lewannick in north Cornwall.

The woodland is recorded as an Ancient Replanted Woodland site, as it has been continuously wooded but has had the original tree cover replaced with newer conifer plantings, often in the last century. Ancient Replanted Woodlands such as Trekelland Wood still retain plenty of the characteristic plant species of ancient woodlands, often dormant in the soil. Some of the indicator plants of Ancient Woodland sites that are found within Trekelland Wood including Bluebells and Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage.

The upper, southern areas of the woodland are steeper with large conifer trees, such as Douglas fir, well spaced with younger trees growing in-between. The lower sections of the woodland, to the north are more easily accessed with cut grassy rides through the undergrowth.

There is a good stone forestry track leading into the centre of the woodland. From here you can wind your way down through the trees via a path, which also leads to a wooden shelter.

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.

Trees

Trekelland Wood comprises of mature conifers with an understory of younger broadleaved trees such as hazel, sycamore and willow. There are also remnant ecological features amongst the plantation such as veteran trees and dead standing trees. In the understory and shrub layer, a number of native woodland indicator species and some complex soil communities have survived.

These indicator species include areas of bluebells making a spectacular display in spring. The well spaced conifers have been thinned allowing the purchaser the opportunity to carry out some replanting with native broadleaved trees which will enrich the biodiversity of the woodland.

Wildlife

The rich woodland soil is the perfect habitat for woodland beetles such as the dor beetle, found stomping through the undergrowth. The open grassy rides are abundant with butterflies such as the Speckled Wood. Bird life is abundant with Robin’s that can be seen purchasing on fence posts, greater spotted woodpeckers cling to the bark of trees and buzzards roam the sky above. As darkness nears the hoot ta hoot of tawny owls can be heard throughout the wood.

There are many mammal’s tracks in and around the woodland such as the footprints ( known as slots ) of roe and red deer whilst badger ‘runs’, are the tracks that badgers frequently use between their setts to feeding areas. To spot these secrative animals it is best done at dawn or dusk.

Features

At the heart of Trekelland Wood there is a useful wooden shelter for storing timber to season or to seek a dry place for lunch when working within the woodland. This sheltered spot is also ideal for camping.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the woodland is from the quite lanes around Lewannick village and along a stoned track leading into the main woodland gate. Through the gate there is a large shared parking area which is at the southern edge of Trekelland Wood. This area is suited for year round use for all vehicles. You can drive into the heart of Trekelland Wood using a stoned track suited to 4×4 vehicles and other vehicles during the drier months. There is also access to the northern edge of the woodland via a stoned forestry track to the left of the main car park.

To the eastern edge of the boundary there is a zigzag track which provides a route on foot to the northern part of the woodland.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are in hand and included in the sale.

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.

Activities

Trekelland Wood is a great place in which to to escape or to use as a base for exploring the local Cornish countryside. The woodland could be managed as an Ancient Woodland site restoration project – gradual thinning of the areas of conifer plantation and encouraging re-growth from the seed bank of broadleaved trees within the soil.

There is scope for camping and a fire pit within the northern part of the woodland.

Local area and history

The woodland takes it’s name from Trekelland Bridge, known previously as Trekellearn Bridge and anciently as Trekelryn. The bridge spans the River Inney to the east of the woodland between Liskeard and Launceston and is the border between the Lewannick and South Petherwin parishes.

The bridge which is thought to be around 500 years old, including Elizabethan style pointed arch soffits are mainly made of granite with parapets of Delabole slate. It is the only bridge on the River Inny to survive the flood of 1847.

Trekelland Wood is positioned well to explore both the north and south coastlines of Cornwall being near equidistance to the quaint fishing harbours of Boscastle on the north coast and Looe on the south coast. Bodmin Moor is within easy reach with numerous walks in a stunning landscape. Lewannick village is within a pleasant walk along peaceful lanes and has a pub and village shop.

A report has been prepared detailing the ancient woodland areas of the wood and providing useful guidance and information on restoration options. A copy of the report is available upon request.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

Directions

Road Directions from A30

– About 4 miles west of Launceston, immediately after the Two Bridges refreshment area, take the exit signed Lewannick & Plusha.

– At the T-junction, turn left towards Lewannick.

– Continue into Lewannick. At the T-junction with a pub to your left and village hall to your right, turn right.

– Follow the road through the village for about 150 – 200 yards, then turn left, sign-posted Trelaske.

– After about half a mile, at a fork in the road, take the road to the left, again sign-posted to Trelaske.

– Follow this road for about 1 mile, where you will see Trelaske Manor to your right. Turn left here, over a cattle grid, with a sign alongside it for Trelaske Barton.

– Follow this track for about 200 yards, ignoring turns & entrance ways to your right. The track now bends sharply to the right, with another track going off to the left.

– Follow the right hand track and you will see a field gate in front of you with a ‘woodlands for sale’ signboard on it.

– Park by (but not obstructing) the gate.

– Go over the gate (the buyer will be provided with a key). The shared main parking area is just in front of you.

– The main access to the woodland is straight across the car park and down the track heading east.

– At the fork in the track take the left hand fork and continue down the track for around 30 metres until you see a stone track heading left (north) into the trees.

– Take this track and continue along it for another 20 metres and you will see the entrance to Trekelland Wood in front of you with a parking area and ‘Trekelland Wood’ name sign.

– To the right of the name sign there is a track that heads downhill and connects with a path that winds through the trees heading north.

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode PL15 7QQ is for the point shown by the red dot on the two location maps.

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