Steeple Woodland

Tree Planting in Cornwall at Steeple Woodland

The Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve is a 40 acre public open space around Knill's Monument, overlooking St.Ives, Cornwall.

* THIS WOODLAND IS Temporarily Full *
We’ve planted so many trees here that there isn’t any space to plant more. We hope to be able to plant here again in future years.
For the nearest alternative woodlands take a look at the Woodlands Locations Map.

IMPORTANT VISITOR INFOTake only photos. Leave only footsteps.

To keep the woodland as natural as possible we don’t label individual trees and we ask that visitors do not place their own plaques, labels, flowers, etc in the woodland. Each tree we plant should be seen as part of a natural woodland.

Before visiting this woodland, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which gives you helpful tips about your tree and visitor guidance.

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.

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.

Photo Gallery

  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Scots Pine And View Out To Sea
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Ancient Trees
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Common Alder Tree Planted Amongst The Bracken
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Crab Apple Trees Are Planted Around The Woodland
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Entrance
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Hazel Tree In Shelter
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Oak Tree And View Over Carbis Bay
  • Steeple Woodland  -  Cornwall  -  Views Over Carbis Bay

Tree Species at Steeple Woodland

Since 2012 EFORESTS has worked with the land owners and local volunteers to plant 1375 new native tree species.

The following tree species were planted on the site:

IMPORTANT VISITOR INFOTake only photos. Leave only footsteps.

To keep the woodland as natural as possible we don’t label individual trees and we ask that visitors do not place their own plaques, labels, flowers, etc in the woodland. Each tree we plant should be seen as part of a natural woodland.

Before visiting this woodland, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which gives you helpful tips about your tree and visitor guidance.

EFORESTS have been tree planting in Cornwall and many other regions since 2006. You can dedicate a tree to be planted in Cornwall or elsewhere in the UK on our Tree Dedication page.