Sherwood Forest

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Sherwood Forest refers to a once extensive but now fragmented oak and birch woodland in the County of Nottinghamshire, England. It existed as a Royal hunting forest as the acidic nature of Nottinghamshire's soil prevented the intensive agriculture characteristic of much of rural England. Much of the Forest has now given way to industrial towns and villages such as Mansfield, and Hucknall. Agroforestry is still important and plantations of non-native pines dominate what is left of the woods. Some indigenous Oaks remain, notably in the Dukeries area. Close to Edwinstowe, a Sherwood Forest visitors centre is expecting an extensive upgrade. This is a response to a resurgence in interest in the Legends of Robin Hood, and to a decline in industry in the area. Increased tourism would bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.