The Fowey Estuary is a ria, a river valley drowned after the last Ice Age. It has characteristically steep sides which are wooded to a great extent. Some of these areas include ancient woodland, which is becoming increasingly rare in the UK.
The Fowey Harbour Commissioners bought Brazen Island maintenance yard in the 1930's, the plot came with just over 6 hectares of woodland known as Hall Walk (or Polruan Woods) on the steeply sloping southern bank of Pont Pill.The footpath which runs within the woodland forms part of the 'Hall Walk' and is a valued and well used local asset. The woodland is largely made up of overgrown hazel coppice which has been identified as a potential habitat for the dormouse. There are also several veteran trees within an area of ancient woodland at the estuary edge. A Management Plan has been formulated for this area of woodland, the vision of this plan is to 'establish and maintain a diverse woodland providing viable habitats for key species and offering a valued resource for the local community'. The Management Plan was funded by: Fowey Harbour Commissioners, The Silvanus Trust and English Nature.
The Information Boards were funded by: Fowey Harbour Commissioners, The Countryside Agency and the Silvanus Trust.
Planted trees were sponsored by: Western Power Distribution
The National Trust are the adjacent landowner within this woodland and care for and manage many of the areas of woods, coast and farmland around the estuary.
They have produced a guide to local walks in and around these areas