Lower Treworgey Wood — Near Looe, Cornwall Approx 6.4 acres

Loca­tion: Near Looe, Corn­wall
Area: 6.4 acres approx
Price: £46,000

Just over 6 acres of Beech wood­land in the East Looe Val­ley. Access improve­ments have recently been under­taken, to assist with future management.

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Direc­tions

From Looe
Fol­low the A387 towards Liskeard and Ply­mouth.  At Sand­place fork left up the B3254, signed Duloe, and fol­low the road over the rail­way bridge. As you drive up hill you pass a small lane on your left. Turn sharp(!) left here, and park in a lay-by on your left.  The wood­land entrance is fur­ther up the lane on the right. 

From Liskeard
Take the B3254 from the town cen­tre, pass­ing the rail­way sta­tion.  The road is wind­ing, so take care.  Pass through the vil­lages of St Keyne and Duloe. Tre­worgey Wood is on the right, one mile after Duloe, on a down­hill sec­tion of the road.  Bear right up a small lane and park on your right, walk­ing fur­ther up the lane for the main wood­land entrance.

Near­est rail­way sta­tion: Sand­place halt on the Looe val­ley line is a ¼ mile walk, with hourly trains to the main­line at Liskeard.

Map of Wood

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Descrip­tion

Tre­worgey Wood is typ­i­cal of many hill­side woods in Devon and Corn­wall.  The wood is 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.  Tre­worgey was acquired by the Forestry Com­mis­sion and planted  with beech and Nor­way spruce trees dur­ing the 1960’s.  Nearly all the Spruce have now  been removed dur­ing thin­ning, leav­ing a pre­dom­i­nantly beech wood­land, which will mature over the next 50 years.

Tre­worgey is spec­tac­u­lar in the spring when ram­sons and blue­bells car­pet most of the wood.  The wood­land mar­gins and hedgerows are par­tic­u­larly rich in wild flow­ers.  It is an impor­tant area for nest­ing birds and has a res­i­dent bad­ger pop­u­la­tion.  Roe deer pass through on a reg­u­lar basis.

Wildlife Wood­lands have upgraded the entrance and track through the wood, which is acces­si­ble for 4WD drive vehi­cles and small trac­tors.  The track runs through the full length of the wood, and a right of access for extrac­tion of tim­ber and fire­wood is also retained through Lower Treworgey.

A wood­land thin­ning con­tract is cur­rently in place that cov­ers part of Lower Tre­worgey.  This allows for thin­ning of up to 75 cubic metres of fire­wood from below the main track, and will thin up to half the wood.  There is an option to extend this con­tract, with a local fire­wood mer­chants, to pro­vide a small income for the new owner.  Alter­na­tively the work can be kept back if a new owner prefers to under­take the remain­ing thin­ning for their own use.

Fire­wood from thin­ning will be an impor­tant aspect of future man­age­ment for the wood.  Heav­ier thin­ning will allow nat­ural regen­er­a­tion of beech or room t plant other species, or reg­u­lar light thin­ning will enable remain­ing stems to grow to maturity.

The bound­ary with Higher Tre­worgey Wood is defined by a low Cor­nish hedge and there is a new barbed wire fence along the west­ern bound­ary, which gives way to an arable field.  The owner of Lower Tre­worgey is respon­si­ble for the main­te­nance of this fence.

Higher Tre­worgey Wood is being devel­oped as a low key wood­land crafts cen­tre, which may pro­vide some inter­est­ing activ­i­ties for a new owner to become involved with.  See http://panashadventures.com/

Title

Reg­is­tered land.

Lease­hold. The cur­rent lease has 929 years to run.

There are no pub­lic rights of way through the wood, but an infor­mal route is walked by some local peo­ple.  This could be closed, but we would sug­gest this con­tin­ues, but ask­ing local walk­ers to act as your local eyes and ears to help pro­tect the wood.  Sport­ing rights are not included with the sale but these have not been exer­cised in liv­ing memory.

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The Local Area

Higher Tre­worgey Wood is sit­u­ated blow the vil­lage of Duloe in the heart of the East Looe Val­ley. It is less than half a mile from the rail­way halt at Sand­place on the beau­ti­ful Looe val­ley branch line, so it is easy to get here by rail.  Looe is a busy tra­di­tional fish­ing port, now a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.  Con­ve­nient for spec­tac­u­lar coastal walks, and other also the famous Eden Project.

Sand­place halt

Looe Val­ley line near Sand­place

Looe Val­ley line near Sand­place © copy­right Roger Geach

Looe Val­ley © copy­right Roger Geach

Looe har­bour © copy­right Rob Far­row

Links

http://www.looe.org/
http://www.walkingincornwall.info/looe.php
http://greatscenicrailways.co.uk/lines/looe-valley-line/
http://www.cornishorchards.co.uk/
http://www.edenproject.com/

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