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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.
Monday 31 July - Sunday 6 August 2017
Enjoy the 33rd annual Robin Hood Festival in the magical...0.07 miles away
Sat 1st - Mon 17th April 2017
Easter Egg Hunt 2017!
Keep the kids amused this Easter...2.2 miles away
Sat 29th April 2017, 10am - 4pm
Join friendly and experienced local tutor Ray Lister and...2.2 miles away
Sunday 4th June 2017 - Harworth Colliery Brass Band
2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard,...2.2 miles away
Sunday 23rd July 2017 - "Monks & Minors" Mansfield Morris Minor Owners Club Annual Rally
...2.2 miles away
Friday 28th July 2017
2pm in the Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables £30 inclusive of afternoon tea...2.2 miles away
Sunday 30th April 2017 - BBC Radio Nottingham "Big Day Out"
It's BBC Radio Nottingham's annual...2.2 miles away
Sat 27th May 2017
3pm, meet in the Seminar Room, Rufford Abbey Stables. £15 inclusive. Max...2.2 miles away
Wed 5th April and Thurs 13th April 2017
Rufford Abbey Stables 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 followed at...2.2 miles away
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Sunday 25 June 2017
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Saturday 24 June 2017
Tom Jones has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the...2.97 miles away
Friday 23 - Sunday 25 June 2017
Now looking forward to its sixteenth season, Forest Live gigs...2.97 miles away
2pm Thursday 17th – 11am on Friday 18th August 2017
2pm on Thursday 24th – 11am on Friday 25th...2.97 miles away
Saturday 10th June, 11am – 3:30pm
Wild Food Foray at Sherwood Pines
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