The woodland, which is split into two blocks joined by a narrow wooded strip, lies on a slope running down to the Meers Brook, the source of which lies at the edge of the site. The wood forms part of the network of woodlands and adjacent open meadows, which is such a characteristic feature of this part of Sheffield.
Herdings Wood is known
to be an ancient woodland, that is one that dates back for at least the
past 400 years. Documentary evidence shows the wood to have been in existence
as long ago as 1462, when it was joined to nearby Rollestone Wood. The
two woodlands are now separated by Herdings Meadows, an area of open grassland
with wildflower meadow and some scrub, wet flushes and small plantations
There are no big blocks of planted non-native trees in Herdings Wood and as a result it has a relatively rich flora for its small size.
Other Heritage Woodlands in the Gleadless Valley: