We manage a diverse range of wildlife habitats to a high standard. This supports a wide variety of species. Sherwood Pines isn’t just pine trees – it also includes broadleaves, heathland, acid grassland and wetland. In many cases, these habitats are managed primarily for wildlife. But wildlife also takes advantage of opportunities created by forest management. For instance, newly felled areas support significant populations of woodlark and nightjar. Mature pine trees are home to crossbills, as well as eight species of raptor and several species bats.
The forest also supports Roe and Fallow deer, foxes, badgers, water voles, common lizards and a myriad of insects that are crucial to the forest cycle.
Sherwood Pines is a great place to relax and unwind or for adventure and discovery. Modern multi-purpose forestry enables us to manage the woodlands effectively for timber production and wildlife, whilst also providing public access.
In medieval times, much of Sherwood Forest was healthand and lay on the boundary of Clipstone Deer Park. The northern edge of what is now Sherwood Pines was known as Clipstone Shrogges, and was a medieval rabbit warren. Rabbits provided a vital food supply at that time and rocky outcrops that formed part of the shrogges are still visible from the Sustrans route.
During World War One, 30,000 troops were stationed at a training camp in Clipstone and remnants of trenches and rifle butts still remain. We have an active programme of preservation for these and other archaeological remains across Sherwood District.
Trees, wood and forests can provide part of the solution to limiting climate change, and to helping society to adapt to the changes we all face.
As long as woodlands are managed in a sustainable way, there can be a multitude of benefits: for climate, for people and for wildlife.
Trees can help us adapt to climate change. They provide shade, alleviate flooding and creating valuable wildlife habitat. They also provide us with timber, a renewable source that can replace other materials that require much larger fossil fuel input into their production. Wood can also replace fossil fuels directly in the form of renewable energy, or woodfuel.
All Forestry Commission woodlands are FSC certified. This means that they are independently certified as being sustainable.
Our forests are changing due to climate change and we need to plan ahead to help them adapt.