a special day for forest

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Councillor John Knight is the Culture Committee Chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council.

“This weekend will be a special celebration for everyone connected with Sherwood Forest.

Sixty years ago, the forest was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Major Oak Woodland Festival remembers this landmark occasion on Saturday and Sunday (Sep 13 and 14).

There will be heritage crafts, outdoor learning displays, community archaeology, critters, bee keepers and the old tool store among the attractions during the weekend each day from 11am to 4pm.

The event gives us all a chance to marvel at the fascinating ecological and natural environment of the forest. It contains some of the oldest oak trees in Europe, and the Welsh Clearwing and the Hazel Pot Beetle are among some of the rarer finds which have been found within Sherwood’s natural habitats in recent years.

The forest is internationally renowned as the home of the Major Oak tree, said to be the hideout for Robin Hood and his Merry Men. The legend of Nottinghamshire’s famous outlaw also helps to make Sherwood Forest such a magical place.

There was further celebration for Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve recently when it took second place in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013.

A range of organisations will join in the celebrations at this weekend’s Major Oak Woodland Festival, including the RSPB, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Hawks of Steele. The council’s archaeology team will be on site.”