Soggy summer to aid Notts acorns

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The wettest summer for a century could have benefits for acorns in Nottinghamshire – provided the weather is fair for the next month.

That is the verdict of Nottinghamshire County Council rangers who say Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is in for a bumper crop of acorns this autumn.

Nottinghamshire County Council ranger Paul Cook said: “The weather may have played havoc with other crops elsewhere in the county, but these conditions have been great for acorns – so far.

“At present we are looking at a good year for acorns – but this could change if we get frosty nights or windy weather up until mid-October as this could threaten the crop.”

Visitors to Sherwood Forest can get a good indication if the elements have been kind to flora and fauna each year because their have been optimum conditions, rangers hold the annual Seed Sunday event later in the autumn. The omens bode well this year, as the event is listed for October 21.

Mr Cook explained: “Two years ago we had very few acorns in the forest as the summer weather was not favourable so the Seed Sunday event took place earlier in the Autumn.

“As well as being good weather for acorns, warm and damp environments are good for fungi in the forest.”

There is a separate opportunity for people to explore for fungi as part of a fungi foraging event on 6th October.

Saturday 6th October

Edwinstowe: Fungi Foray

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, 10.30am–12.30pm

Adults, £3, children £1.50

Sunday 21st October

Edwinstowe: Seed Hunt Sunday

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, 11.30am–1pm & 2–3.30pm

For more details about these and other events contact Sherwood Forest on 01623 823202 or visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/whatson