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Sherwood Forest

Mansfield Category Outdoor Activities, Nature & Wildlife
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains some of the oldest trees in Europe, veteran oaks five centuries old and the world-famous Major Oak, still producing acorns after standing at the heart of the forest for an estimated 800 years!

The 450 acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, designated in 2002 by Natural England, the Government agency responsible for safeguarding our natural environment.

Sherwood Forest holds a quality award from the Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.

The ecology here is fascinating. The natural decay of fallen timber means the woodland teems with insect life and fungi, which in turn provide food for varied species of birds and bats.

Once a royal hunting forest, this is the legendary home of the outlaw Robin Hood.

Each year in August, the week long Robin Hood Festival is a colourful celebration of the life and times of the world's most famous outlaw.

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