History of the area
When the project started in 2009, the principal intention of SWRA was to bring the woodland area in to public use. Elwell had been closed since the Road Bridge was built in 1961, and was an impenetrable jungle of brambles, rubbish and weed sycamores. The site hid the ruins of former lanes and buildings, including a cider house ?
During the project, most of the bramble and ivy has been removed. Volunteer work parties have also repaired stone walling, laid woodland paths, and installed seats and picnic benches. The existing trees have been thinned, and we have planted nearly 60new species including oak, holly, rowan, silver birch, spindle and elder. (under the direction of Cornwall Wildlife Trust).
The woodland floor has been planted with native bulbs including ransoms (Wild garlic), daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells.
600 new hedging whips have been planted to encourage biodiversity and bird life, including hawthorn, buckthorn, hazel, spindle, dogwood and dog rose.
The upper level has been cleared, and planted with old Cornish variety apple trees in a lovely grassed orchard sown with wild flower mixes, to reflect the former use of the site. Cornish varieties to be seen are :Oaken Pin
Cornish Gilly Flower
Lanes Prince Albert
Red Belle de Boskoop
You can also picnic in these peaceful woods, walk your dog (use the bins provided !), even try out the oak fitness equipment as part of your fitness regime !