Sheet Hedges Plantation which extends to 11.2 acres (4.53
ha) was originally planted as a commercial plantation comprising
of mainly European Larch and Scots Pine. There are some broad-leaved
trees within the plantation such as Ash and some individual Oaks.
Many of the conifer trees in the plantation have recently been
harvested and the cleared areas have been restocked with a mixture
of species indigenous to the local area including Oak, Ash, Rowan,
Birch Holly, Hazel and Field Maple.The original Ash and Oak trees
have been retained along with a belt of conifers on the edge
of the wood to maintain a degree of maturity. The newly planted
trees will develop into an attractive mixed woodland which will
be of benefit to local wildlife and an important feature in the
Sheet Hedges Wood (situated beyond Groby Pool) is a site of special
interest (ie S.S.S.I) and extends to some 53.23 acres (21.55ha).
It is a semi-natural broad-leaved woodland and is documented
in local records as far back as the 14th century. Sheet Hedges
wood is classified as an Ash/Maple type woodland and its main
tree species include Ash, Oak, Cherry, Alder, Birch Field Maple
The central and northern sections of
the woodland are becoming dominated by Sycamore which is very
shade bearing. This tends to suppress other indigenous species
and prevents their natural regeneration within the wood.