The Major Oak Woodland Festival
The Sherwood Forest Trust (SFT) and Nottinghamshire County Council are inviting people throughout Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the UK to help celebrate the splendour of historic Sherwood Forest, at the first ever Major Oak Woodland Festival on September 13 and 14 from 11am to 4pm at Sherwood Forest Country Park, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN – including the chance to get up close and personal with the legendary Major Oak itself.
Entry is free and anyone is welcome to come along to the festival, which is family, pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Please note: there is a car park charge of £3 per car.
Sherwood Forest is celebrating 60 years as a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is internationally famous as the home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and some of the oldest oak trees in Europe, including the Major Oak.
Take a trip to the top of the Major Oak
20 festival goers will get the chance each day to see the Major Oak close up and high up, as they’re lifted safely into the canopy of the tree on a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), commonly known as a ‘cherry picker’.
If you’d like to be one of the lucky ones and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, simply go along to the Sherwood Forest Trust stand next to the Major Oak on either day of the festival to book your place. The stand will be staffed from 10am with the first Major Oak Canopy Experience taking place at 10.30am. Trips will run every 15 minutes after that, until 4.15pm, with a break between 1pm-2pm.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so make sure you’re there early. You’ll be asked to make a minimum donation of £8, which will help protect the Major Oak for future generations. The experience will last around 10 minutes and you’ll be able to take pictures.
Ask the Major Oak a question
Festival goers will also have another rare opportunity – the chance to ask the Major Oak the question you’ve always wanted to ask! Hand your question to a member of the Sherwood Forest Trust team on either day of the festival, or post in advance on the Sherwood Forest Trust website at www.sherwoodforest.org or on their Facebook page (search Sherwood Forest Trust). The best questions will be picked out and read aloud by question master, the Wildman of the Woods, between 1pm-2pm on both days, and yes, the Major Oak really will answer!