People’s Forest Project: Connecting Major Oak and Nottingham Castle

The Quercus Robur, or English Oak, has long held a special place in British culture and history. No oak tree better encapsulates this significance than Nottingham’s Major Oak. Lying at the heart of Sherwood Forest, this English Oak is world-famous for its historic ties to Robin Hood.

Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham Plant the First Oak Tree in 'The People's Forest'

Now, Nottingham Castle Trust have teamed up with Nottingham City Council to connect the Major Oak with Nottingham Castle.

The Castle Trust and City Council aim to create a spiral of 80 oak trees running from Nottingham Castle to the Major Oak, at the heart of Sherwood Forest. To achieve this, we have offered every primary school in Nottingham city the opportunity to plant a Quercus Robur.

This is part of The People’s Forest Project, co-ordinated by Nottingham Open Spaces Forum, who bring together all the ‘friends’ groups of our city’s parks and open spaces.

Tree-Planting Begins

Robin Hood (Ezekial Bone) himself and the Sheriff of Nottingham planted the first tree at Rosehill School.

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“Adding new trees across the city is essential. Alongside fighting climate change and pollution, planting trees and volunteering is known to aid feelings of well-being. It is great for the overall look and feel of the community and attracts wildlife. This is such a great project to get involved with. It is the start of celebrations around the castle transformation, as well as beginning to bring our famous Sherwood Forest into the city.”

Gareth Morgan, Nottingham Castle Trust’s Learning Officer, said:

“Nottingham Castle Trust is delighted to be supporting The People’s Forest project – which will see 80 new oak trees branching out from Nottingham Castle. I’m especially pleased to be engaging with so many of the city’s schools in the project, that’s letting them have a little bit of Nottingham’s heritage in their school’s ground forever and getting them excited about the open of their Castle (as it belongs to everyone in Nottingham!) early next year!”

To keep up to date with the latest developments in the Castle Project, please visit the Castle Project website.