Photographer's Note

The Major Oak.
Sherwood Forest once again.

The Major Oak known throughout the world as the secret hiding place of Nottinghamshire's famous outlaw hero Robin Hood.

The Major Oak is the biggest oak tree in Britain and is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.

It weighs an estimated 23 tonnes, has a girth of 10 metres (33 ft) and boasts an impressive canopy that reaches a whopping 28 metres (92 ft).
It is not the tallest oak tree.

Legend has it that the Major Oak not only provided Robin Hood with shelter, it was also the place where he and his Merry Men hid and camped on their adventures!
A good story, but how true?

To preserve the ancient tree you can see lots of support for the very heavy boughs.

When we first visited the Major Oak, a few decades ago, there was no fencing around it, and you could actually clamber inside it.
But because of its popularity people are now not able to get very close, as the many footsteps was compacting the soil around, so preventing precious rainwater to seep through to the roots.

Two more slightly different angles in the workshop.

Thanks for you visit.

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