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Lees Hall Wood is one of the largest of the seven Heritage Woodlands in the Gleadless Valley. This area lies only 2 miles south-east of Sheffield city centre and was until its development as a residential district in the 1950's and 60's, a rural area consisting of hedge-lined fields, woodlands and scattered trees. The valley is still remarkable for the way in which a network of open spaces has been retained, both within the development, and between it and neighbouring built-up areas.

The wood takes its name from Lees Hall, a now vanished farm known to have been established before 1616. Although no documentary evidence exists, the flora, shape, boundaries, archaeological features and terrain of Lees Hall Wood are similar to those of the known ancient woodlands in the valley and strongly suggest that this woodland is also ancient, meaning that is has been in existence for at least the last 400 years.

Lees Hall Wood has a greater proportion of semi-natural areas than the other woods in the Gleadless Valley and also supports a rich ground flora. It also contains some of the better examples of charcoal platforms and whitecoal pits to be found in the area.

Other Heritage Woodlands in the Gleadless Valley: