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Latest News (11/02/2016 08:11)

Due to harvesting operations there are diversions in place at between posts 9 and 10 of the Kitchener Trail. All other trails are not disrupted.

 

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors.  There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play. 

Forest Live concerts 2016 - Guy GarveyGuy Garvey - Forest Live 2016

Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey has confirmed a gig at Sherwood Pines Forest next summer on Saturday 25th June 2016, performing from his highly acclaimed solo album ‘Courting The Squall.’

Forest Live concerts 2016 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott  Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Forest Live 2016

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - renowned for songs with wit as well as a strong social conscience and gorgeous harmonies - return to Forest Live to play at Sherwood Pines Forest on Friday 24th June 2016. 

Forest Activity BagForest Activity Bags 

A day out in a bag! Fun, forest activities for your family. Available to hire at the Ranger Information Point, these bags contain enough resources and activities to keep your family or a small group entertained all day.

Get your body geared up to cycleCycle Happy with our fun family activity sheets!

Get lots of ideas for things to try out on your ride, with activities for your mind, body and soul

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road riders.

Forest walking trails

The way marked walking trails meander through some of the oldest parts of the forest. There are also many other tracks and trails to be explored including the Gruffalo's Child trail.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to contact us so we can ensure you have a safe and successful event...

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, zoom along the Boardwalk, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat.  There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods?  Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate their way around a course using a specially drawn map to find particular posts or control points, collecting clues as they go orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate their way around a course using a specially drawn map to find particular posts or control points, collecting clues as they go.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.

 

 

 

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited 17 January 2016 did the red trail and the downhill section well impressed, good day out will be back.

Kev. Doncaster, 17/Jan/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

Used to be a regular but since moving from the area was shocked to return to find so much of the forest gone. Any plans to plant new trees? Just seemed so bare and open.. felt a bit sad really :(

Miss B, 4/Jan/2016

Hi, I am sorry you felt sad but it is all part of a bigger plan for sustaining the forest into the future. The harvesting currently taking place at Sherwood Pines is a thinning operation (taking out young trees to let the remaining ones grow larger), as the trees there were planted as a commercial crop, and this is part of the regular cycle to benefit the crop trees and to provide a regular supply of produce to support the British Timber Market. The recent more radical removal of trees is due to the Dothistroma Needle Blight (DNB), also known as Red Band Needle Blight, which is caused by a fungus and causes defoliation, which can continue year on year and gradually weaken the tree and eventually lead to mortality. Therefore our principle of providing a sustainable resource for future generations, we are removing the younger trees which are more heavily affected and replacing them with a variety of tree species hardy enough to withstand these challenges for the benefit of future generations. Many of the areas recently felled have already been replanted with alternative species such as Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Norway Spruce, and other cleared areas will be planted within the next few years. I hope it now makes a bit more sense to see bare patches where once there were trees. Rest assured its all part of sustainable forestry and the trees will be back soon!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi there. I came to Sherwood Pines on Monday 26th October to ride the trails and have a picnic with some friends. I must compliment you on what a wonderful place you have, this is my first visit here and luckily the weather was nice. Can I also say how clean I found the forest, I do go to different places to ride and there is usually a lot of litter about especially during the kids holidays, but I hardly saw any litter at Sherwood, so please pass on my thanks to the ranger who we saw today doing several litter picks and also emptying the wheelie bins..! We did pop into the info centre as well for some trail maps (which there wasn't any) but the on duty ranger was very informative and explained the most suitable trail for us and where they were etc, he also gave me some advice on my bike, my seat was to low apparently and he kindly adjusted my seat and to be honest its now perfect and feels a lot better so again many thanks to the ranger...! All in all we had a fantastic time and will definitely return and recommend.

Michelle, 29/Oct/2015
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Last updated: 22nd December 2015

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the wood though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Contact

Sherwood Pines

01623 825411
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Forest Park is open from 8am until 10pm over the light summer months and 8am until 6pm during the darker winter months.
Parking
Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
Discovery Pass
Discovery Pass is available at this site. Please see the District Office during opening hours Mon-Fri 8-4pm or the Ranger Information Point.

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