People looking to explore the legend of Robin Hood and the natural beauty of the world-famous Sherwood Forest will soon be given a merry welcome, after an RSPB-led consortium was granted planning permission to build a new visitor centre
Around 350,000 visitors from across the globe, inspired by tales of Robin Hood, visit Nottinghamshire’s world-famous Sherwood Forest Country Park each year and will soon be able to enjoy the new visitor centre as they explore the myths and mysteries the forest holds.
To be built at the Forest Corner in Edwinstowe, the £5.3m project will be a gateway to the forest that is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from birds to rare insects, as well as the iconic Major Oak – thought to be more than 1000 years old!
Ross Frazer, RSPB Project Manager, said: "The legend of Robin Hood is known throughout the world and to bring the legend to life at Sherwood Forest it needs a world-class visitor centre.
"Prior to our application we took on board a lot of feedback from the local community and we're sure they are going to be just as excited as we are to be one step closer to bringing that vision to life."
The planning permission was granted by Newark and Sherwood District Council after an RSPB-led consortium won a bid in August 2015 to design and build a new visitor centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park in 2018.
The centre will comprise a welcome area, a shop, a cafe with a terrace and an amphitheatre which will be used for events.
Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: "We have always been totally committed to plans for a modern visitor centre fit for the 21st century to promote the legend of Robin Hood and our world-famous Sherwood Forest. This news is exciting as it is bringing this vision one step closer to reality."
Councillor John Knight, Culture Committee Chair at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "This is great news for Sherwood Forest, for Robin Hood, local communities and for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore our historic county park each year.
"Our current visitor centre is well-loved but does not provide a full visitor offer which people expect. This modern centre will be wonderful for everyone and will bring a real boost to the visitor economy."
Last Updated: Monday 3 July 2017