We’ve launched the next chapter in our epic Sherwood story – the one where our new visitor centre starts to take shape – and like all the best tales, we hope we’ve left everyone eager to find out what comes next.
To help celebrate the official start of the build, consortium members were given a tour of the construction site, and shown how the new centre will be embedded into this wonderful landscape.
Speeches from Shaun Thomas, the RSPB’s director of UK countries and Councillor John Handley, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council got proceedings under way, before partners were then invited to help lay the first of the building’s foundations – a significant moment for everyone involved in this project.
And no momentous event in Sherwood would be complete without Robin Hood, of course. The Forest’s most famous archer helped mark the occasion by firing a single arrow across the site. Where it landed, children from the local school, St Mary’s CofE Primary, will plant new oak trees once the new centre is complete.
It was a memorable take on Robin’s death-bed tale, which claimed the hero’s dying act was to shoot an arrow and proclaim ‘bury me where it lands.’ Our version has a slightly happier ending though – rather than burying a legend, we hope to plant a new one for the future in the shape of an oak tree to watch over Sherwood for many generations to come. Much the same aim as we have!
So the spot has been marked, and the Year Five pupils will return to it next year, to plant their saplings, as part of the landscaping around our new centre.
With the foundations laid, the footprint of the building is now starting to emerge, and our vision for the site is becoming a reality, following years of preparation.
The story is starting to gather speed – and whilst we’d love to skip pages and get to the happy ending, we have lots of work and a winter to get through first!
We look forward to bringing you the next instalment very soon …