0.95 ha (2.35 acres)

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Explorer 110
OS Landranger 202

A small wood that commands spectacular views towards Dartmoor. A diverse mixture of native broadleaf trees with a small wetland area. A stone path runs through the centre of the site and smaller paths branch off to form the path network.

In 1997 an area of the field was planted by local volunteers under the Trust's Woods On Your Doorstep Project with a mixture of native trees and shrubs. In 1998 an orchard of 50 selected Devon fruit trees was established, including many rare varieties. Although predominately apple, varieties of pear, plum, cherry, damson, medlar and mulberry were also planted. A number of the trees are grafted from trees planted in an 1880s orchard at 'Druid', a country house north of the town of Ashburton.


  • Public access
  • Broadleaved woodland
Early purple orchid with blurred background

A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

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Colwell Wood Management Plan

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