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Planting trees for the future of Sherwood Forest

Posted onPosted on 26th Aug

A trust is continuing its work to plant trees to celebrate the role they play in the landscape and history of the Sherwood Forest area.

Sherwood Forest Trust, an Edwinstowe-based charity established 25 years ago, focuses on conserving, preserving and celebrating the nature and heritage of the former Royal Hunting Forest of Sherwood.

It is working with the Miner2Major Landscape  Partnership Scheme to plant 10 ‘heritage trees’, highlighting the distinctive landscape in the heart of Sherwood Forest, from Nottingham to Ollerton, and Mansfield to Rufford Abbey.

The trust hosted an event at Feel Good Gardens CIC, a community garden at Forestry Holdings, next door to Sherwood Pines.

Members of Feel Good Gardens, who carry out gardening at the site for therapeutic and wellbeing purposes, helped to plant six espalier apple trees, as well as a memorial tree.

Members and volunteers grow their own fruit and vegetables on site, which they then use in group cooking sessions and shared meals.

Amy Chandler, community ranger for Forestry England (FE), gave a talk about the work FE does in the area, focusing on the importance of trees for our climate, physical wellbeing and mental health.

Gary Joynt, of Major Oak Heritage Crafts, gave green woodworking demonstrations and led have-a-go sessions.

“I loved every minute and I was inspired by the great work going on at Feel Good Gardens and the lovely folks who attended,” he said.

“Hats off to the Sherwood Forest Trust for organising this event and raising awareness of how important trees are to our heritage, wildlife and local landscape.”

It is hoped the event will become a joint annual event at Feel Good Gardens, working with members and the local community to emphasise the importance of trees and community co-operation for the future of Sherwood Forest.