River through New England Wood with bluebells

New England Wood

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.

Location

Near Ivybridge
A static map of New England Wood

Know before you go

Size
21 hectares

Parking information

There is space to park a car on the western approach to the bridge though parking is very limited.

Access

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.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

All year round

Best time to visit

April - November

About the reserve

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. 

Location map

Conservation work at New England Wood

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.

Location

 
From A38 exit at Lee Mill junction following signs to Yealmpton. After approximately a mile at sharp right hand bend, take the minor road straight ahead. Where the road forks, go left. Follow this road to the bridge over the River Yealm, marked Popple's Bridge on OS maps. The reserve entrance is next to the river. There is space to park a car on the western approach to the bridge though parking is very limited.

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