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Sherwood Forest

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Alternative meanings: Sherwood Forest, Maryland, Sherwood Forest (estate)

Sherwood Forest is a country park surrounding the village of Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire, England, the remnant of a much larger forest historically associated with the legend of Robin Hood.

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Sherwood Forest

There is a particular oak tree in Sherwood Forest named the Major Oak which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood's headquarters. The Major Oak is between 800 and 1000 years old, and since the Victorian era its massive limbs have been partially supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. In February 1998 a local company took cuttings from the Major Oak and began cultivating clones of the famous tree with the intention of sending saplings to be planted in major cities around the world.

The Major Oak was featured on the 2005 TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the Midlands.

Sherwood forest is also the location of one of the United Kingdom's Center Parcs holiday villages.

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