Major Threat to Gillfield Wood -

30 foot high dam in wood is proposed!


The Sheffield Flood Protection plan is obviously very important to protect Sheffield from flooding however as part of the proposals there is the potential to construct a huge embankment right in the middle of the wood at the back of Rowen Tree Dell in a very popular, level area for walking. This major physical and visual intrusion would destroy the character of the wood, make access much more difficult and cause major disruption during construction. Although in theory any flood water containment would only last "a few days" there could be a serious effect on flora and fauna as well as the overall environment.


We have already e-mailed our concerns to the council as well as suggesting that if a barrage is necessary then it could be sited further upstream near to the Dysons site away from the ancient woodland of Gillfield. We have had a very negative response to this.


There is (have been) a series of public consultations going on over the next couple of weeks so if you can get to one of them to air your own views this would be very useful. These are:


  • Thursday 25 August, 11am – 8pm, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, The Charlton Suite, Penistone Road.
  • Thursday 8 September, 11am – 8pm, Sheffield United Football Club, The Board Room, Bramall Lane.
  • Wednesday 14 September, 11am – 8pm, Millennium Hall, 520 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield, S11 8PY
  • Wednesday 21 September, 11am – 8pm, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Ln, Sheffield S7 2HA.
  • Thursday 29 September, 11am – 6.30pm, Oughtibridge Chapel Hall, Church St, Oughtibridge, Sheffield S35

Further detail is available on the web-site below.  Progress through "read more" on the website.


If you cannot get to any of the proposed meetings please try to submit your views to the council. The website for details and submitting views is:

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Gillfield Wood - known locally also as Gillyfield Wood was first documented in 1561 as ‘a springe wood called Jyll felde’ but is certainly much older. Sinuous in shape and following the Totley Brook, it is at the edge of Sheffield near the Peak District National Park, lying on the boundary between both Totley and Holmesfield and South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Gillfield is a peaceful wood, mostly replanted with American (red) oak and larch in the 1960’s but retaining much of its ancient spring flora including swathes of bluebells and wood anemones.


Like more detailed information?

Visit our Download Centre for:

The Story of Gillfield Wood - a colour leaflet.

Level 1 Archaeological Survey Report - all features found in the wood.

The Story of Gillfield Wood - full history from our surveys and research.

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