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Top tip: Visit England's Tree of the Year. . . The Major Oak
Entrance to Sherwood Forest is FREE, the normal price for the car park is £3.
Sherwood Forest, a 450-acre country park, is home to the well-loved veteran oak tree, the Major Oak which is known throughout the world for its connection to Nottinghamshire’s legendary hero Robin Hood.
Sherwood Forest is located near the village of Edwinstowe, in north Nottinghamshire, and the large English oak is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old. Legend has it that the ancient oak not only provided Robin Hood with shelter, it was also the place where he and his Merry Men slept.
You can see the oak whenever the nearby Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is open (10am – 5pm in the summer and 10.30am – 4.30pm in winter). The Major Oak is a 10 – 15 minute walk through the woods from the Visitor Centre, and you will be guided by a signed surfaced path making the walk so much easier.
Today, there is a fence around the famous tree in order to prevent visitors’ feet from compressing the ground over the tree’s roots. This will ensure that the tree stays healthy for many years to come, and visitors worldwide can enjoy the legend of Robin Hood.
• The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest has been crowned England’s Tree of the Year in a public vote run by the Woodland Trust.
• The major Oak is a Quercus Robur, the English or pendunculate oak.
• The world famous tree weighs an estimated 23 tonnes, has a girth of 10 metres (33ft) and a spread of 28 metres (92ft) making it the biggest oak tree in Britain.
• The earliest recorded name for the Oak was the Cockpen Tree, dating back to the mid 18th century. The tree became better known as The Major Oak after it was described in 1790 by local historian, Major Hayman Rooke.
• The tree is estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.
15th April 2015
Drop into the Sherwood Forest Arts & Craft Centre and have a go at lots of...0 miles away
Dogs of War Medieval Re-enactment at Sherwood Forest - 4th, 5th and 6th April 2015
Dogs of War...0 miles away
Saturday 11th April 2015 from 10:30am - 12:30pm
Head to Sherwood Forest National Nature...0 miles away
Monday 3 - Sunday 9 August 2015
Sherwood Forest Country Park
The popular Robin Hood Festival...0.07 miles away
Monday 6th April 2015
Explore the quiz trail, follow the clues, solve the puzzles and win a...2.2 miles away
Daily until Sunday 19th April 2015
Pick up a trail leaflet and hunt for the Easter Eggs hidden...2.2 miles away
Daily until Sunday 19th April 2015
Follow the self guided trail around the visitor centre and...2.2 miles away
Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair - 26th, 27th & 28th June 2015
Nottinghamshire County...2.2 miles away
Call to Arms - The Queen’s Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum: 12th August 2014 -...2.36 miles away
The Longhorn 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon - 19th April 2015
Registration is now open for The...2.36 miles away
Tuesday 16th April 2015
Can you build a shelter out of just forest materials? Bring a picnic...2.97 miles away
Tom Odell at Forest Live Sherwood Pines, 26th June 2015
Tom Odell will be performing at...2.97 miles away
Saturday 27th June 2015
Forest Live is really pleased to announce indie pop band The Vamps will...2.97 miles away
Paloma Faith at Forest Live - 28th June 2015
Following her sold out forest tour in 2013 the...2.97 miles away
Back by popular demand. Join expert, Patrick Harding, for illustrated talks and forest forays to...2.97 miles away
An evening exploring the night sky using telescopes and star maps. After an introductory...2.97 miles away