Australia Copse, Gweek, near Helford, Cornwall. 1.16 acres of mature streamside broadleaves near the head of a tidal creek for £14,000 (freehold) [#A1015]
Mature mixed hardwoods on level ground with road frontage, at the upper end of the Helford estuary.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 203.
National Grid Ref:
Access point: SW 704 256.
Centre of wood: SW 704 256.
Nearest postcode: TR12 6UF.
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Australia Copse lies just above the tidal extent of Ponsontuel Creek on the upper reach of the Helford River. The attractive hamlet of Gweek is just round the corner, Falmouth is 20 minutes by car and the county town of Truro is half an hour to the north.
The wood is on the northern edge of The Lizard Heritage Coast and within the Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A visit will soon confirm the validity of both these designations.
The majority of the wood occupies level ground on the east bank of a good-sized stream. The sheltered conditions support a range of hardwood species including some striking full-canopy beech. Other species benefitting from this fertile site include elm, sycamore and ash, along with some alder on the stream bank. In the under-canopy are a number of saplings, along with holly, laurel and some emerging yew stems. In spring, much of the woodland floor is transformed by a haze of bluebells.
The vendor reports a healthy array of wildlife in the vicinity including roe deer and badger, plus a variety of birds from the tiny firecrest to the mighty raven…and many others besides.
With elegant stems, flowing water, level ground, easy access and the estuary close at hand, this pocket wood is an ideal candidate for those seeking a foothold in this corner of Cornwall.
If It Were Mine
Being inclined to conservation I would aim to remove the exotic laurels and then develop the understorey by planting a few native shrubs and hardwoods where light levels allow. With plenty of clear open level ground, camping and streamside BBQs would also feature.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Truro head southwest on the A39.
- When nearing Falmouth turn right at a double roundabout onto the A394 signed for Helston.
- After 3.5 miles fork left onto a minor county road signed for Gweek and Constantine (shortly after passing Autotrend Car Mart on your right).
- Follow this road for 4 miles to Gweek.
- Pass southwards through the village following for Helston.
- After 350 metres, turn left by a picture-postcard thatched cottage onto the road signed for Mawgan and Goonhilly Downs.
- Follow this road round the estuary for 0.8 mile.
- After crossing a stream on a small bridge, turn first (sharp) right (B on the plan).
- Cross the ford and park in the layby immediately after it on your right (C on the plan).
- The southwest boundary (BC) is the verge of the public road.
- The west boundary (AC) is the mid-line of the stream.
- The east boundary (AB) is the verge of the public road.
The sporting rights are included and are not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights:
An overage provision exists until 2087 whereby 25% of the increase of the value of the land attributable to securing planning permission for change of use will be payable to a previous owner.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
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This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sale price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.