New England Wood covers 21 hectares (53 acres) of broadleaf woodland at Lee Mill, half a mile from the A38 and seven miles to the east of Plymouth. This new nature reserve also has the River Yealm passing beneath its trees.
New England Wood has an interesting recent history and would have been lost to development if not for the campaigning and generous support of local people. Until recently the area had been owned by an aggregates company who used part of it as a quarry. However when the quarry ceased to operate an application was made for a change of use. If successful, this would have led to the woodland being lost to a new development. It was then that a determined group of local people successfully campaigned for a different future for the wildlife haven.
In November 2016 the ownership of New England Wood, with the help of funding by Viridor Credits Environment Company, was transferred to Devon Wildlife Trust.
Because this is a new site, and to respect the wishes of local people, there are no formal trails through or around New England Wood. There is access to the reserve, but no visitor facilities such as stiles, marked paths, or signage. In time this will be improved, but always with the intention of keeping the site as a tranquil place.
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