Some of Sherwood’s most ancient or famous trees have, over the years, garnered nicknames or been named as people have researched or toured the landscape.
Our most famous tree is the Major Oak, known by several names over the years, but now known after Major Hayman Rooke who compile one of the great books on Sherwood trees in 1789. The majestic tree now stands in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and the reserve has its own Visitor Centre to welcome and educate you.
The Ancient Tree Forum is another great source for information, not just on Sherwood’s great trees, but right across our isles. The have a great map on the Woodland Trust website and you should check out their web trunk too 😉
Our map of Amazing Named Trees of Sherwood Forest
Spend time to visit many of these trees, although some have now disappeared from our landscape due to old age and the ravages of around a thousand years of life (certainly for the oaks).
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Guardian’s of the Parliament Oak
The Parliament Oak can be seen on the google map, and is one of the most famous, named trees in Sherwood Forest.
The Parliament Oak was for a number of years in a really shocking state with fly tipping, a ramshackle old fence and damage to the area around it.
The Sherwood Forest Trust provide have provided care since 2006, without it this ancient oak, one of Sherwood’s great ancient oaks, may have slide into obscurity, slowly rotting into the shadow’s after witnessing over 1000 years of history go by.
This fine tree has resided in this same spot for a millennium, it bears witness to people coming and going, of kings and queens ruling, of outlaws and bandits evading the regulators, of urban, commercial and agricultural expansion and still it lives, and still it bears witness to all.
The Parliament Oak deserves to be equally as famous as the Major Oak. At about 1200 years old it is probably the oldest tree in the Forest and has its own place in the history and folklore of Sherwood Forest.
Go visit dear PO, there are 2 parking spaces, plus an interpretation board with a map and much more information. The location is also the start/end of the Clipstone Park Trail that will take you to the heart of Royal Sherwood Forest, King John’s Palace in Kings Clipstone.