Major Oak sapling takes root in Nottinghamshire park

A sapling from the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest has been planted in a park in a Nottinghamshire town.

The sapling from the tree which, according to legend, sheltered the legendary outlaw and folk hero Robin Hood was presented to the Abbey Park Community Association, based in West Bridgford, to be planted alongside other trees with local origins or connections.

The planting ceremony took place on Wednesday 23rd February, led by the Mayor of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor Sue Mallender, with help from pupils from St Edmund Campion Primary School.


From left, Lesley Morris, Ruth Kerry and Simon Middlecote of the Abbey Park Community Association with Cllr Penny Gowland (second right), association vice-chairman Sue Andrews and Rushcliffe Mayor Cllr Sue Mallender - and the Major Oak sapling.

The Major Oak’s acorns are a vital source of nutrients for the mighty ancient tree, and are no longer harvested as frequently as they once were, meaning its saplings are becoming rarer.

The acorns contain large amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats, as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorus and potassium, and the vitamin niacin, all of which a tree needs as part of its diet.

Izi Banton, Estates and Conservation Manager for RSPB Sherwood Forest, said: “There are Major Oak saplings which have been planted in locations right around the world, so we know that its offspring will be growing and generating their own acorns and saplings for centuries to come.

“I am delighted that we have been able to donate this one to a community in our own county, to stand alongside other Nottinghamshire species which have been so carefully selected for Abbey Park.”

Lesley Morris, of the Community Association, said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen to have this Major Oak sapling. It will be a significant addition to the recent planting on Abbey Park.

“Pupils from Edmund Campion Primary School will be involved in the planting of the oak, and in the care of the trees, and so encouraged to learn about their positive environmental impact and their Nottinghamshire history.”

Read more about the Major Oak.