Ponsontuel Wood, Gweek, near Helford, Cornwall. 6.25 acres of coastal oak, with extensive tidal frontage for £76,000 (freehold) [#A1346]
Pristine coastal oak and mixed broadleaves with extensive frontage to a creek on the upper reaches of the Helford River.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 203.
National Grid Ref:
- Access point B: SW 709 261.
- Access point C: SW 703 255.
- Centre of wood: SW 706 259.
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.
Ponsontuel Wood occupies the north side of a creek near the upper tidal reaches of the Helford River on the north edge of The Lizard Heritage Coast. The predominant aspects are south and east, making this a bright and sunny wood, overlooking the tidal waters of the creek. In places the ground falls away steeply to the shoreline, but in others the slopes are more gentle – notably at the southern and eastern extremities where access is best taken from the minor road adjacent.
The attractive hamlet of Gweek is just round the corner whilst downstream are the sheltered waters of the wider estuary. Such properties are rare to the market, and this really is estuarine Cornwall at its best – intimate, luxuriant and secluded.
The northern part of the wood is designated as being ‘ancient semi-natural’ suggesting more than four centuries of continuous woodland cover. This is reflected in the rich ground flora beneath the native oaks that dominate the canopy. Blueberry, heather and ling abound along with a range of ferns and soft grasses, honeysuckle, woodrush and of course the ubiquitous bluebell. Of particular note is the widespread incidence of the unusual wild service tree, vying for space in the under-canopy with shrubs like hazel and holly.
Further south towards the head of the creek the woodland canopy becomes more diverse - oak blending with ash and sycamore, plus some notable mature beech and the occasional Douglas fir puncturing the sky above.
Unsurprisingly this rich habitat attracts an array of wildlife - roe deer, badgers and foxes on the woodland floor; ravens and buzzards wheeling above. And within the canopy there is a wide range of woodland birds from tawny owls to the diminutive firecrest. We also noted action in the water on our visit with plenty of sea bass lurking in the shallows.
An Article 4 Direction applies to Ponsontuel withdrawing ‘permitted development’ rights and effectively making such rights subject to planning permission. Please contact the agent for more details.
If It Were Mine
This wood is not one to exploit – rather it is one to delight in, witnessing the dynamic equilibrium of a ‘climax’ oak wood. I might remove some of the sycamore and also look to release gaps for the young wild service trees to occupy. It would be good to re-connect the path leading from the eastern point back to the head of the creek.
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.
- Park in the layby on your left after 600 metres (where the road bends sharply right). You are now at point B on the plan.
- Ponsontuel Wood is below you. A path straight ahead leads into the wood.
- Access can also be taken near the bridge (point C) about 650 metres further on.
- The wood is bounded by the public road above and the water’s edge below.
- The northwestern point (A on the plan) is marked by a red-topped post on the roadside, adjacent to an oak tree.
- The southern point (C) is the meeting of the road and the estuary stream by a bridge.
The sporting rights are included and are not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
Access is taken direct from the public road adjacent.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Ponsontuel lies on the northern fringe of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches from the Helford River all the way to the Lizard Point.
Third Party Rights
There is an overage (sometimes called a ‘clawback’) clause on this woodland. This means that if planning permission is granted for any purpose other than forestry then 25% of the increased value of the woodland is payable to a previous owner. The potential for getting planning permission is so remote that this protection is virtually redundant. However, the clause cannot be varied.
This overage is covered by a Deed of Charge, which ensures that when the woodland is sold, the purchaser must sign up to this agreement. This is fairly standard in these situations, but the legal transfer of the property may take somewhat longer than usual as the signatures of all the trustees of Bosahan Estate (the original owners) are required. Any purchaser must be prepared for this delay. The purchaser will be liable to pay £300 as a contribution to the legal costs of transferring the obligation.
The Clawback, Deed of Charge and a summary from the vendor’s solicitor outlining the transfer process are all available from the agent on request.
Intending purchasers will need to assure the agent that they accept and understand the implications of these documents before a sale can be agreed.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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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.