Shaping the Future of Sherwood Forest
Miner2Major is a partnership of local authorities, conservation groups and community organisations who have been working in the Sherwood Forest area for many years. This is the latest phase of long-term efforts to restore, explore and celebrate the Forest.
Miner2Major is a five-year scheme (2019-2023), supported by a £2,450,400 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It focuses on the heart of the Sherwood Forest area from Nottingham (Bestwood Park) to Ollerton, and Mansfield to Rufford Abbey, an area that has a distinctive landscape character, which is recognised and valued by local people, as well as visitors from across the world.
The legendary Sherwood Forest is a significant and celebrated landscape due to its diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage.
The last 200 years have changed the area. It still has quiet places, stunning landscapes, history, wildlife, legend and a sense of belonging, but the great forest and heaths are now just patches in a landscape of industrial heritage.
As an active member in the combined project, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be collaborating with local people and community groups to encourage and support them to take part in projects aimed at learning about, celebrating and conserving the area’s heritage. We want to transform the way that local people can actively get involved and shape the Forest’s future.
In particular we are looking to:
Make Better Habitats
Enhancing, restoring, re-creating and re-linking Sherwood Forest’s heathlands and other important habitats to create a better structured mix of habitats in the wider Sherwood landscape ensuring a beneficial and resilient habitat for wildlife. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are the lead organisation for this delivery through volunteer practical work sessions and larger scale mechanical habitat works with contractors.
Volunteer-led surveying of trails across the area, improving access and promoting routes that connect key heritage sites.
Save Sherwood’s Special Species
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust volunteer-led surveys to monitor Sherwood’s characteristic species and improving habitats to protect them.
Help Sherwood’s Landscape of Trees & Hedges
Training volunteers to collect data about trees and hedges across the area. Working with landowners and communities to plant a new generation of trees.