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Sherwood Forest : In the undergrowth
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Robin Hood's forest protected
Sherwood Forest Country Park
The Major Oak is a Quercus Robur, an English or pedunculate oak.

It is debatable how old the Major oak is. Some say 800 years old, while others reckon over 1000 years old - the trunk conceals the truth.
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You find yourself in the undergrowth of Sherwood Forest at dawn on a summer morning. Peer through the trees and you'll see the famous Major Oak bathed in sunlight.

In mediaeval times when times were hard - bark and acorns from the trees of Sherwood Forest would substitute for flour in bread and dough cakes.

Could you survive in the forest like an outlaw from the days of Robin Hood?

The term 'forest' was an area where the king's Forest Laws held sway - the stealing of a deer could result in the offender being blinded, having a hand chopped off or being hanged. Felling a tree could lead to imprisonment.

Over 900 trees in Sherwood Forest are 600 years old or more.

There are 1500 species of beetle and 200 types of spiders found in Sherwood Forest.
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