Rollestone Wood is the largest of the seven Heritage Woodlands in the Gleadless Valley. This 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.
Documentary evidence dating back to 1462, taken together with archaeological features such as whitecoal pits and charcoal platforms, clearly shows that Rollestone Wood is an ancient woodland, in other words, one that is known to have been in existence for at least the past 400 years.
The wood contains a wide variety of woodland types. There is a wide range of tree and shrub species and a rich ground flora, the latter including a number of locally uncommon species and a large number of ancient woodland indicators.
Other Heritage Woodlands in the Gleadless Valley:
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