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Sherwood Forest recognised in BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013

The Tinney girls meet Robin Hood

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve has taken second place in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013.

Brownsea Island in Dorset was voted into first place, while the Farne Islands in Northumberland took third place in the Nature Reserve category.

The legendary home of Robin Hood was one of 10 nominees vying for the title of ‘Britain’s favourite national reserve’ category – with voting open to the general public.

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with Natural England and the Forestry Commission. It contains some of the oldest oak trees in Europe, has a fascinating ecological and natural environment, and is a popular visitor destination.

Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are delighted that Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve has been recognised in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013 as a runner-up in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who voted for us – it is a world famous forest and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

Izi Banton, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Site Manager for Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve added: “We are thrilled to have this accolade, it is a real tribute to everyone involved with this amazing site and brilliant to know that visitors value Sherwood so highly.”

The 10 nominees in the favourite nature reserve category were selected by nature writer Mark Cocker and presenter of the BBC’s Big Wildlife Revival Ellie Harrison. Commenting on Sherwood Forest they said: “This fragment of world-famous woodland includes 900 ancient oaks and the magnificent Major Oak.”

The Welsh Clearwing and the Hazel Pot Beetle are among some of the rarer finds which have been found within Sherwood’s natural habitats in recent years.

The 450 acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, designated in 2002 by Natural England, in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It is maintained by the county council’s country park rangers, working to a woodland management plan drawn up in partnership with Natural England, and supported by other local partnership organisations including Sherwood Forest Trust.

The annual awards are a celebration of our countryside and its people. The 2013 awards were launched in the August issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine, and feature 10 categories, from conservation projects and best heritage site to countryside writers and our finest nature reserves.

Full details can be found on BBC Countryfile Magazine’s website at www.countryfile.com/awards

Posted on 27 January 2014

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