The Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve is a 40 acre public open space around Knill's Monument, overlooking St.Ives, Cornwall.
Visitors can explore the woods, stroll over heathland and discover areas planted with young trees. A variety of activities take place at the reserve, including volunteer work sessions on Sunday afternoons (2-4pm), environmental research projects and community events.
Steeple Woodland has far reaching views across Carbis Bay and St. Ives
The new trees are planted amongst the bracken - you'll spot their protective shelters
There are plenty of well established and ancient trees throughout the woodland too
The site was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2002 and has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award three years running from 2006. The reserve has three different areas to explore.
Steeple Woods is a mature woodland of mainly beech and oak trees to the north of Steeple Lane.
The wood contains many old coppiced and pollarded trees, whose trunks have taken on strange and interesting shapes.
In the past these would have been cut at intervals to provide valuable timber for a wide range of end-uses.
Trelyon Downs, on the south side of the lane, has been planted with a mix of native tree species. Wildlife and flowers are now thriving among the trees and glades.
On the top of Cock Hill, around Knill's monument, an open area of heathland is being encouraged. Plants typical of lowland heath have emerged in a patchwork of heathers, gorse, bracken, grasses, mosses and lichens.
Since 2012, with the help of volunteers from Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve, EFORESTS have planted over 800 trees at the woodland. The species planted included ...
Click here to dedicate a tree to be planted in Cornwall or elsewhere in the UK.