Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thieves Wood, Nottinghamshire.

Thieves Wood today has a much more cultivated appearance than it did in Robin Hood's day. This is because the storms of 1976 destroyed much of the original forest. But the track seen here, knicknamed Robin Hood's Way, still more or less conforms to the route it's timbers once took in order to build Nottingham Castle.

This Woodland once straddled each side of the route known as the King's Great Way, linking London with Nottingham, Mansfield, and on to Yorkshire. It became known as Thieves Wood due to the Outlaws and Thieves who hid here, awaiting unsuspecting travellers to pass by.

Robin Hood's Way as referred to in this video, is now a popular public pathway through the woods. Picnic facilities and guide map are available. A part of the original King's Great Way still exists in this region.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Thieves Wood, Harlow Wood, Sherwood Forest.

Robin Hood, Great King's Way.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Motorsport Micky said...

Not sure about the truth of this thread.

The storms in 1976 were undoubtedly severe because I've been walking my dogs (no not the same one !) in these woods over the last 43 years, and remember picking my way through the felled ranks of pines, but hardly any oak, elms (they hadn't had the disease then) or other native species.
The original structure of the Sherwood Forest has long been altered and especially since the second world war, and replanted in the majority with pines with a "speckling" of retained original species trees. As proof of this observe the forests and their edging trees alongside the roads...Silver Birch in almost every position.
Why Silver Birch ? because they are resistant to roadside contamination, ie traffic fumes etc and act as a natural barrier between the roadsides and the softwood and right "wussy" pinewood forests interplanted with aforesaid original species trees. The Forestry Commission has good experience of how to protect it's timber farmed for furniture, newspapers (lots less of this in the future) and pit props (now nearly defunct but still used sometimes), and plants it's forests in this manner.

Or is it that the medieval forests naturally evolved into Silver Birch avenues (ha) or were planted by 5 or 600 years ago by forward thinking medieval arborists ? Not really hard to work ?

11:21 AM  
Blogger Ian Gordon Craig said...

Thanks for the input MM.

2:02 PM  

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