Hillball Wood – Near St Neot, Cornwall Approx 5.2 acres

Location: Near St Neot, Cornwall
Area: 5.2 acres approx
Price: £42,000

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This is a predominantly beech woodland, with a small area of mature Sitka Spruce. The wood benefits from a substantial stone shed, which has recently been repaired. Access improvements are currently being undertaken to aid future management.

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Directions

From Liskeard
Follow the A38 towards Bodmin.  After the roundabout at Dobwalls, the main road descends into the Glynn Valley.  At the bottom of the hill, take the first right, signed for St Neot.  The woodland is on your right, starting from the minor turning to the right.  Parking is currently on the road, although we will also be making a parking area in front of the stone shed, which is about 200 yards along the road.

From Bodmin
Take the A39 to Liskeard.  Follow the main road along the Glynn Valley and past Trago Mills.  Take the next left, signed for St Neot.  The woodland is on your right, starting from the minor turning to the right.  Parking is currently on the road, although we will also be making a parking area in front of the stone shed, which is about 200 yards along the road.

Nearest railway station: the wood is halfway between Bodmin Parkway and Liskeard (4.5 miles).

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Description

Hillball Wood is typical of many hillside woods in Devon and Cornwall.  The wood is probably an ancient woodland site which would traditionally have been managed as an oak coppice, trees cut on a thirty year rotation for a mixture of fencing, firewood and perhaps using the bark for tanning leather.  Old oak stumps can still be found in the wood, with small flat areas once the site of charcoal kilns.  The Beech was probably planted in the 1960s, together with a small area of Sitka Spruce at the southern end of the wood.

A substantial stone shed  (external dimensions 19 feet X 15 feet maximum) has been repaired, with a new roof added. This may have once been a home for woodland workers or agricultural labourers, but has only been used as a store for many years.  The wood benefits from a felling licence, to enable the thinning of the main beech block, which can be arranged for the new owners at no cost, if required.  A track has been constructed through the wood to improve access for this work and other future management.

Hillball is spectacular in the spring when bluebells carpet most of the wood.  The woodland margins and hedgerows are particularly rich in wild flowers.

Title

Freehold.

Registered land.

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The Local Area

Hillball Wood is in the Glyn Valley, through which the River Fowey flows.  Nearby attractions include the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway and the Forestry Commission’s Cardinham Woods (we highly recommend Woods Cafe there!).  Trago Mills shopping centre is also close by, as is the market town of Liskeard.

Further away, you are in easy reach of a range of Cornish destinations, including the south coast and the Eden Project.  Or try the rugged areas of Bodmin Moor, or perhaps Golitha Falls at Golitha Wood National Nature Reserve.

Hillball 2

Bodmin Steam Railway © copy­right Roger Geach

Hillball 1

Golitha Falls  © copy­right Jim Champion

Links

http://bodminrailway.co.uk/
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/cardinham
http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/nnr/1006060.aspx
http://www.carfreedaysout.com/secornwall.html
http://www.edenproject.com/
http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org/

Golitha Falls  http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/525943

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