Welcome to Lodgegate Wood
Lodgegate Wood (incorporating Beech Wood) is 24 acres of mixed broadleaf woodland near Launceston in Cornwall, England. The majority of the site was clear-felled in the late-80s and was replanted around 1990. Since then little or no management has been undertaken. The wood was purchased in October 2002 by the present owner with the intention of returning it to a properly managed broadleaf wood.
Lodgegate Wood is part of what was once called Lodge Plantation on the Tregeare Estate. Much of this plantation still remains as woodland, but has been divided up amongst a number of private owners. There are no public rights of way on or around any part of Lodgegate Wood. In 1987 the then owner began felling the site for timber. The site was mostly cleared by 1990, when the remainder was destroyed by the autumn storms of that year. Only a small strip along the western border which is in a gulley survived.
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) now exists covering the whole of the old plantation. This was needed in order to protect the valley from unnecessary development and destruction of the habitat. A full list of recorded species can be found in the Flora and Fauna section, and includes Red and Roe Deer, Badgers, Sulphur Tuft, Foxgloves, and a variety of tree species.
Located close to the south-western corner is a natural spring which is the source for a stream that flows north to the River Kensey, and then east where it joins the River Tamar to head south to the English Channel.