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(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at bob@robinhood.info or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at www.robinhood.info Read more...
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VOTE FOR SHERWOOD FOREST'S ICONIC MAJOR OAK NOW

SHERWOOD FOREST'S ICONIC MAJOR OAK ON QUEST FOR EUROPEAN CROWN. VOTE FOR IT NOW!

The iconic Major Oak is preparing for its latest epic adventure – with a quest to conquer Europe!

The legendary ancient oak within the heart of Sherwood Forest has borne witness to some of the most romantic tales and gripping events in its long, glorious and colourful history.

It has stood firm through two World Wars, countless other conflicts and withstood everything that Mother Nature has thrown at it over the centuries. Legend has it that it was the famous hideout for Robin Hood and his Merry Men to hide from the Sheriff of Nottingham. And now it has Europe in its sights as it prepares to challenge for European Tree of the Year as part of a public vote throughout February.

The tree – estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old – is in the heart of Sherwood Forest country park which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, and forms part of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.

Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "The Major Oak touches people's hearts and their imagination. We were delighted that it won the Woodland Trust's England Tree of the Year title in December and hope that everyone can get behind our campaign to win this prestigious European title.

"It could be a one-off opportunity to compete for this European title, so we appeal to everyone to get behind Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak. It is one of the most iconic and best known trees in the world and it would be a fitting tribute if it could win this European award."

Izi Banton, Nottinghamshire County Council's Site Manager for Sherwood Forest country park, added: "I love its durability and the way people react to it. This tree perhaps like no other captures the imagination instantly and it is this I think, and the part it plays in raising the profile of ancient and special trees, which is why the Major Oak deserves to be European tree of the Year. Please vote Major Oak!"

With support from the Woodland Trust, the Sherwood Forest Trust and Experience Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire County Council's Major Oak will now compete with trees from Scotland, Wales and another 11 countries for the title of European Tree of the Year, which is managed by the Environmental Partnership Organisation. The tree with the most public votes at the end of February will win. SO VOTE FOR IT NOW!

To place your vote in the competition visit www.treeoftheyear.org between February 1 and February 28.

Stay up to date on the competition: www.facebook.com/visitsherwood and @NottsCC
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