SOLD: Bambus Wood £49,000 Freehold


Can any other of our woodlands lay claim to having a mention in Hansard, featuring in Pathe newsreels or providing food and bedding for London Zoo's pandas?

All of the above are consequences of Bambus (lat. name for bamboo, which is classified as a grass) Wood's most noteable feature: the large, upright clumps of bamboo stems, some clumps containing hundreds of canes reaching heights of 12 - 15 feet.

Once part of a large commercial plantation which was established in the 1940's, Bambus Wood is located at the north-eastern end of a larger area of woodland (known as Clann Wood) which was part of the grounds of St. Benet's Abbey. The village of Lanivet's long association with bamboo is even celebrated on the name sign for the village pub: the Lanivet Inn.

But there is far more to this intriguing woodland than the bamboo; mixed broadleaved trees (recently supplemented with new plantings of alder, hazel and oak), a network of tracks, stream frontage along the eastern boundary and a large, level open area suited to many woodland crafts and activities all add to the interest and variety to be experienced in Bambus Wood.

Deer and rabbits enjoy the shelter and cover of the denser clumps of bamboo and whilst the area is no longer home to what was a very large flock (or murmation) of roosting starlings, many songbirds make their homes here. Close to the north-eastern corner of the woodland there is an active badger sett.

Among the mature deciduous trees, oak, ash and sycamore are the most numerous. In the large clearing near the woodland entrance stands a huge dead oak; its contorted limbs make for a spectacular if slightly eerie sight when it is silhouetted against the sky on a misty morning. The stream - part of the River Camel feeder system - is an attractive feature although partly obscured by the bamboo. In the stream, several large pieces of stone-work, believed to be the remains of a pond, created by the Abbey's monks to hold & rear fish for food, can still be seen.

Given the size and quantity of bamboo and the ease of access to the nearby road for transportation, it could be possible for a sustainable 'cottage industry' supplying pea & bean canes to garden centres, allotment associations (and zoos?) to be established.

Not your conventional small woodland, but a woodland full of fascination and possibilities nonetheless.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with mauve markings on posts and trees.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 107
  • Grid ref: SX 037 126
  • Nearest post code: PL30 5HF
  • GPS coordinates: 50.4418, -4.76577

Location map


From the A30 dual carriageway:

  • Leave the A30 at the Eden Project exit, also signed to St. Austell
  • If travelling west, take the 3rd exit from the roundabout, cross over the dual carriageway and at the second roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A389 signposted to Lanivet
  • If travelling east,take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto the A389 signposted to Lanivet
  • After about 1/4 mile you will reach the entrance to St. Benet's Abbey hotel on your left
  • The gated entrance to the woodland is a further 100 yards or so on your left
  • There is no parking by the gate, but there is a small 'pull-in' on the opposite side of the road
  • Alternatively, there is a free public car park just a little further down the road, on the right-hand side
  • Go over the gate and follow the track straight ahead.
  • Bambus Wood is to the right, immediately after the bridge over the stream, but continue on along the track for a further 70 yards or so then turn right and the main entrance to the woodland will be found after a short distance, to the right

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode PL30 5HF is for St. Benet's Abbey Hotel, the point shown by the red dot on the two location maps.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A woodland with unusual history and features, including a bamboo grove and a lovely stream along one side.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk