Sherwood Forest Trust

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Love Sherwood Forest!

The Sherwood Forest Trust was established to protect and conserve Sherwood Forest, the world’s most loved heritage forest, an exciting landscape that is appreciated by virtually every person on the planet. Sherwood is the rainforest of the UK, yet the world is faced with its loss. The decline and loss of rare habitats such as heathland, grassland and ancient woodland and the loss of customs and cultural heritage that have existed for thousands of years have consequences for us all.

Sherwood was once a Royal Hunting Forest, the same as Epping Forest or the Forest of Dean, mostly open spaces of grassland and heathland with woodland and wood pasture.

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, the last remnant of ancient woodland, near Edwinstowe is the heart of Sherwood but the ‘medieval’ Sherwood Forest covered an area a third the size of central London.

By the year 2000, 90% of Sherwood Forest’s heathland had been lost and much of the woodland, some continuously forested since the end of the last Ice Age, has suffered the same fate.

The Sherwood Forest Trust

In 1995, The Sherwood Forest Trust was established to stop this decline, to ensure Sherwood Forest would survive for hundreds more years. We protect and champion that huge area that Sherwood once was, we are its guardians not its owner. We champion the natural environment, champion the cultural heritage and champion the communities of 21st Century Sherwood Forest. The Sherwood Forest Trust are the Robin Hood for today.

Over the centuries our progress as a human society has eroded our precious lands. The once majestic landscape of Sherwood has become fragmented. Our picture shows the extent of this fragmentation, destruction and loss. With progress comes a cost, that cost is the loss of species and habitats, of landscapes, of ways of life and humans becoming disjointed from nature.

We’ve made a massive drive towards our Sherwood Forest vision in our first 20 years, The Sherwood Forest Trust has secured more than £6 million in a range of projects and schemes that have benefitted the environment, heritage and local communities. We have helped stabilise some areas, worked with lots of people across the whole area, and are making a difference. We purposely have a small and dynamic team of passionate staff, so we are lean, this also means we have to work with others to achieve success.