Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Major Oak - Sherwood Forest Country Park

Camping in August - We visited the site of the 'Major Oak'

The Major Oak is a large English oak near the village of Edwinstowe in the midst of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood's shelter where he and his merry men slept. Wikipedia

Some facts about the Major Oak

1. The famous old tree stands at the heart of 450-acre Sherwood Forest Country Park and Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, run by Nottinghamshire County Council to provide a tourist attraction and educational site to match the reputations of both Robin and the Major Oak.
2. The Major Oak is a Quercus Robur, an English or pedunculate oak.
3. The Major Oak vital statistics are impressive – it weighs around 23 tons, has a girth of ten metres (33ft) and a spread of 28 metres (92ft) - this make it the biggest oak tree in Britain.
4. It is debatable how old the Major oak is. Some say 800 years old, while others reckon over 1000 years old - the trunk conceals the truth. Some say the Major Oak would have only been an acorn when Robin Hood is meant to have been gallivanting around Sherwood Forest.
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