A letter in Chad (21st, November), from Bob Thacker says that Sherwood Forest itself must be protected amid proposals for the new visitor attraction nearby.
It has always been the intention of Nottinghamshire County Council to safeguard the ancient and spectacular forest when looking for a new business partner to manage a visitor centre. When the county council announced its intention to work with tourism experts from Discovery Attractions, it also announced other key criteria which included protecting the historic woodland and boosting the economy. The new attraction will be built on land acquired by the county council in 2008 opposite the existing nature reserve and visitor centre (known locally as Naish’s Field). The current visitor centre site and car park will be removed from the forest, which is in line with guidance and a request from Natural England, and ensures that the forest’s natural habitat is restored in that specific area. Nottinghamshire County Council will continue to be the custodian of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and will guarantee continued free public access to Sherwood Forest and its ancient oaks, and preserving its unique ecology and natural surroundings. And as well as plans to build a world-class visitor attraction to promote Robin Hood and its life and times, there are comprehensive plans to promote the natural habitats and natural history of Sherwood Forest – led by the existing county council ranger team.
Coun John Cottee,
Committee chairman for Culture, Nottinghamshire County Council.