Sherwood Forest’s Major Oak up for Tree of the Year award

Major-OakThe Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, made famous by Robin Hood, is one of ten nominations still in with the chance of being crowned England’s Tree of the Year.

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The 800-year old oak, believed to have once sheltered the Nottingham hero, has made the first ever ‘Tree of the Year’ list after over 200 nominations.

The winner of the title will then go up against further trees from elsewhere in Europe, including Wales and Scotland, in a competition run by the Environmental Partnership Association in April 2015.

Site manager Izi Banton is thrilled that the Major Oak has been nominated once again for a national award.

“It is obviously great to be nominated once again for a national accolade but we face some stiff competition from the other nine entries,” she said,

“The Major Oak is an iconic tree and it has always been at the nation’s heart. The site is special in it’s own right as well as having links to the legend of Robin Hood.”

The oak faces tough competition though with all of the entries holding their historical and cultural values.

The apple tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity (Flower of Kent Apple Tree) and a yew where the Magna Carta was thought to have been signed (The Ankerwycke) are two of the historic entries.

They are joined by the Kett’s Oak in Norfolk, where the Norfolk Rebellion of peasants, led by Robert Kett, met over five hundred years ago and the tree with the widest span in the UK- the Shugborough Yew in Staffordshire.

The Allerton Tree in Liverpool, the last sight of many migrants leaving the docks for America, is also a notable entry.

The Big Bellied Oak in Wiltshire, Ickwell Oak of Bedfordshire, the Old Knobbley in Essex and the Whiteleaved Oak in Hertfordshire make up the list.

Experts from the Woodland Trust drew up the list with voting closing on November 4.

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