Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve
Nature on your doorstep
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 for you to explore.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
For details on the history and current management of the reserve, please see the other pages under this heading.