Where history happened: ancient forests
Charlotte Hodgman and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explore Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, an ancient woodland that for centuries nourished both body and imagination
With its lush greenery and cool shade, Sherwood Forest is a verdant oasis in the heart of Nottinghamshire. Above me, boughs rustle gently in a light breeze and birds chirp their merry song in the sunshine. Sherwood Forest country park is now part of the larger Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, which is home to 900 veteran oak trees, including the Major Oak. This arboreal behemoth is said by some to be over 1,000 years old – and its greenery, according to folklore, hid Robin Hood and his Merry Men from the Sheriff of Nottingham.