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Photo of woodland anenomes in spring

Bring your boots and binoculars if you'd like to visit our 11 acres of beautiful private woodland. We fell in love with it whilst searching for a place to live and when, by happy coincidence, we found our home just a couple of kilometres away, it proved irresistible.

A project of reforestation by the previous owner: fields of pasture, bordered by the River Rance, were planted up with wild cherry, sycamore, red oak and black pine, which have now grown into substantial trees.

Photo of woodland walk in autumn

Self-seeded ash, a wonderfully versatile wood, has staked a claim and venerable oaks and hornbeams, the borders of the original fields, are found throughout.

Several yews, traditionally planted in churchyards, can be found to the rear of a seventeenth-century presbytery, which marks the entrance to the wood.

Winter is the cutting season, while the trees are dormant, supplying all our heating needs.

Spring brings an end to the cutting with the sap rising. Primroses break into flower, followed by celandines and patches of bluebells, all making the most of the sunlight before the trees leaf up and close the canopy.

Photo of me splitting a tree with a wedge and hammer

Unmanaged since planting, we are knocking it into shape: thinning, felling and replanting to establish coppice cycles and introducing other suitable species to increase biodiversity. It is also somewhere to relax and recharge our batteries.

Photo of bluebells in spring

The wood is a short drive or cycle away and you are welcome to take a relaxing stroll around it, or picnic there whenever you wish. We'll give you clear directions and supply you with a map off the woodlands so that you can explore with confidence.

Have a look at our permaculture blog to read more of how we're getting on.