Inspired by the tales of Robin Hood, most people visit Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire to see the legendary Major Oak. While the gigantic oak tree is indeed a sight to behold, there are plenty of other lovely hollow oaks, too, as well as other kinds of trees, including silver birches and pines. Based on the Robin Hood movies, people are often expecting a forest that’s dense with trees. But according to our guide, Senior Ranger Paul Cook, the forest always encompassed land that varied in its density and even contained open fields for grazing animals.
Since I was there at the end of March when the forest was coming off one of the worst winters in British history, there were hardly any leaves on the trees. I think it would be much prettier (and much more crowded) later in the spring. Plus, in a few months the English Longhorn cattle will again be in an enclosure near the main paths for easy viewing — the herd rotates around different parts of the forest to help with the conservation effort, and right now they weren’t accessible by visitors.
Comped but never compromised: I am on a complimentary press trip with Visit Britain, but I am free to write whatever I like.