Community Archaeology Days at King John’s Palace
We are extremely proud to announce that Mercian Archaeology are running a FREE Community Archaeology excavation in July as part of the ‘Discover King John’s Palace’ project sponsored by the Big Lottery, and the Magna Carta 800th fund. The project is also timed to run alongside the Festival of British Archaeology.
The excavation will run in July 2015, from Tuesday 7th- Saturday 11th, and Tuesday 14th- Saturday 18th.
There will also be public open days on Saturday 11th and 18th at the site alongside the excavation (more information to follow).
At this stage we are going to limit people to one day per week, but this may change nearer the time.
The project is being run in conjunction with The Sherwood Forest Trust, Mickie Bradley, and Robin Hood aka Ezekial Bone, and is going ahead thanks to winning the public Peoples Millions Phone Vote on ITV last year- thank you again to everyone who voted!
The excavation is just a small part of what is taking place throughout the project- which is designed to engage local people and school children, as well as increase understanding of the site, as part of celebrations around the 800th anniversary of the signing of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.
Please contact Mercian Archaeology by email to secure your place…
The legendary ancient oak within the heart of Sherwood Forest has borne witness to some of the most romantic tales and gripping events in its long, glorious and colourful history.
It has stood firm through two World Wars, countless other conflicts and withstood everything that Mother Nature has thrown at it over the centuries. Legend has it that it was the famous hideout for Robin Hood and his Merry Men to hide from the Sheriff of Nottingham. And now it has Europe in its sights as it challenges for European Tree of the Year as part of a public vote throughout February.
The tree – estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old – is in the heart of Sherwood Forest country park which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, and forms part of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The Major Oak touches people’s hearts and their imagination. We were delighted that it won the Woodland Trust’s England Tree of the Year title in December and hope that everyone can get behind our campaign to win this prestigious European title.
“It could be a one-off opportunity to compete for this European title, so we appeal to everyone to get behind Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak. It is one of the most iconic and best known trees in the world and it would be a fitting tribute if it could win this European award.”
‘Captures the imagination’
Izi Banton, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Site Manager for Sherwood Forest country park, added: “I love its durability and the way people react to it. This tree perhaps like no other captures the imagination instantly and it is this I think, and the part it plays in raising the profile of ancient and special trees, which is why the Major Oak deserves to be European tree of the Year. Please vote Major Oak!”
With support from the Woodland Trust, the Sherwood Forest Trust and Experience Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Major Oak is competing with trees from Scotland, Wales and another 11 countries for the title of European Tree of the Year, which is managed by the Environmental Partnership Organisation. The tree with the most public votes at the end of February will win.
To place your vote in the competition visit www.treeoftheyear.org between February 1 and February 28.