The Major Oak.

Lets have a bit of mood music….

“Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men

Feared by the bad, loved by the good

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood”

What could possibly have provoked such a verse?  it could only be that I recently went for the day to Sherwood Forest, that place of the legendary Robin of the Hood, the lovely Maid Marion and the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham*  (boo, hiss )

What is the most interesting thing to see at Sherwood?

That wood ( 🙂 ) have to be the Major Oak.

Here he is…

The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest.

This venerable old fellow is thought to be 800 to 1000 years old. This was an already old tree (possibly) when the Crusades kicked off. In order to preserve it there are a few things to note.  It is fenced off, the general public is not allowed any closer than from where this picture was taken.  From a photographic point of view this is a shame, I would have liked to have gotten closer and got some pictures from different angles. But us common folk are prevented from getting too close so as to protect the ancient root system from the hundreds of people who wonder by daily.

In addition we have some scaffolding, which certainly ruins the aesthetic.  But if your branches were 800 years old, you might require a bit of support also.

What this photo does not really help with is a sense of scale, so below is a snap of the reenactment group that were plying their trade on Monday, I believe they go by the name of The Dogs of War, they have a website but there is little information on it.

The Major Oak, featuring The Dogs of War reenactment group.

It is a big tree indeed!

As is my habit, I have prepared a mono version of the first image..

The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest.

Thanks for looking, and expect a few more Sherwood Forest related posts in the next few days.

Comments and thoughts are welcome.


*The Sheriff of Nottingham didn’t live in Sherwood Forest, but in Nottingham…but that would have ruined the flow of my exquisite prose.


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