Wildside: The real story of Sherwood

The Major Oak from Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries a  companion to the land of Robin Hood
The Major Oak from Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries a companion to the land of Robin Hood

Ever wanted to know the real tree stories of Sherwood Forest, and not the medieval or Hollywood myths?

From ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ to ‘Robin Hood Men in Tights’, Sherwood Forest conjures images and ideas from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Yet the stories persist and the myth is larger than life; or is it?

Well, this is your chance to find out, since as part of the major Sherwood Forest Lecture Series, I am giving an illustrated talk on ‘Historic Trees and Landscapes of Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries’, next Wednesday, August 12, 7.30pm-9.30pm at Sherwood Forest Country Park Visitor Centre.

Places are limited so pre-booking is essential on 01623 823202 – £5 to include refreshments.

The event is an illustrated lecture on the theme of my book ‘Sherwood Forest & The Dukeries, a companion to the land of Robin Hood’ and yes it will be based around old photographs and even older prints and paintings, and historical accounts of the area.

We all know, or at least think we know, the Sherwood story, but this aims to entertain both local residents and visitors alike by introducing them to the great trees and their stories.

Sherwood is justifiably famous all across the world and the ancient trees are at the very heart of the forest story.

Sherwood and the Dukeries, alongside the ordinary people of the forest, boasted the richest and most famous families in the kingdom.

These individuals, some well-known and others less so, included some of the most wildly eccentric too.

The Wildtrack Bookshop will have books about wildlife, trees, woods, Sherwood, and more on display and to buy.

Come along and support the Country Park and the most iconic and famous tree on the planet – the Major Oak.

While we are on the subject of trees, the campaigns continue apace.

Local protestor Deepa Shetty emailed to say the street tree petition is now close to 12,500, but we need you to sign and to pass this message on. (See my blog for more details).

Despite the concerns and protests tree felling continues unabated.

From Deepa this week: ‘Dear supporters, the battle to Save Sheffield Trees is hotting up as Amey continue with their peppered approach to tree felling across the city. Clarkehouse Road was the latest target this week, with five more trees felled.’

n Professor Ian D. Rotherham, researcher, writer and broadcaster on wildlife and environmental issues, is contactable on ianonthewildside@ukeconet.org; ‘Ian’s Walk on the Wildside’ blog, www.ukeconet.org