Pooches pampered in Sherwood Dog Grotto

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A total of 128 dogs received Christmas presents after visiting the Dog Grotto at Sherwood Forest at the weekend.

They included Glennys Marshall (69) from Beresford Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, and her pet dog Yorkshire Terrier cross Coco, and Glennys’ son Stuart (43) who was visiting from Sunderland.

Glennys said: “The county council has come up with a great idea for a Dog Grotto and we loved it. We enjoy visiting Sherwood Forest and walking Coco and it is nice that we can get her fully involved in the Christmas celebrations through this event.”

And more than 2,000 people visited Sherwood to enjoy both the Dog Grotto and the main Yuletide Grotto at the country park over the weekend. Nearby Rufford Abbey also had a very popular grotto at the weekend. The Dog Grotto at Sherwood was a one-off event raising £280 for the local Jerry Green Rescue Centre, but the main grottos at Rufford and Sherwood will be on every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, where children can meet Father Christmas and receive a gift.

At the Sherwood event yesterday, the Sheriff of Nottingham (Mark Williams) got more than he bargained for when he tried to stop the celebrations, when he got gunged and turned into a Christmas decoration by Robin Hood (Steve Warrington), allowing Saint Nicholas to take his rightful place in his Grotto and meet the children.

Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We get a lot of visitors who walk their dogs in Sherwood Forest and we thought it would be a great idea to host a Dog Grotto alongside the main Yuletide Grotto at the country park this year. We are very pleased with its popularity with everyone and it has also made some vital funds for the dog shelter.”