Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Posted 2nd May, 2017

East Side Site Works Start

Woodhead Construction begin work on the east side of the site (east of Swinecote Road) on Tuesday 2nd May:

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as the Main Contractor working on behalf of the RSPB and Nottinghamshire County Council, in partnership with Sherwood Forest Trust, Thoresby Estate and Continuum Attractions, to deliver the new Visitor Centre and associated parking to Sherwood Forest.

We will be starting works to the east side of the site (east of Swinecote Road) on Tuesday 2nd May. Works will comprise a new access road, car parking bays, a coach parking area and the hardstanding for the fairground.

We have included an indication of the extent of the work below.

Our site opening hours will be 7am – 4pm Monday to Friday. Our Site Manager is Andy Stamford whose contact details are:
Mobile number: 07973 903538 Email address:

We will be issuing monthly updates to you on how the works are progressing and hope to have more news on Phase 2 – The new Visitor Centre as we move into the summer.

Robert Woodhead Limited is a family owned and operated local construction company with a long established link to Edwinstowe. We look forward to working on this fantastic project in the heart of our historic village and can assure you that as Associate Members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme that consideration of our surroundings will remain of upmost importance to us throughout.

You can find out more about Robert Woodhead Limited at: www.woodhead-construction.co.uk

You can find out more about the RSPB and the New Visitors Centre at: www.rspb.org.uk/sherwoodforest

Alternatively should you have any queries regarding the construction works please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Posted 23rd February, 2017

Site Preparation Work at Forest Corner

With planning permission now in place, the RSPB and its partners are set to push forward with the development of the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. While construction work is not due to start until the spring, contractors are now beginning to prepare the Forest Corner site.

This will involve the felling of a small number of trees. While felling some trees is unavoidable, it will be kept to an absolute minimum. Covered by planning permission, felling will be kept to a minimum. All trees have been surveyed for bats and individual trees will be checked again before felling.

We'll be planting new native trees as part of our landscaping, making sure nature has rich new habitats.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Ross Frazer
Senior Project Manager
07752 220648



Posted 17th January, 2017

Full steam ahead as iconic Sherwood Forest's new visitor centre gets planning permission

Newark and Sherwood District Council has approved the planning application for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest, first submitted by an RSPB-led consortium in September.

The consortium won a bid in August 2015 as part of a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park in 2018.

The approval makes the way for a modern facility to be built at Forest Corner in Edwinstowe. Following the opening of the new building, the current 1970’s visitor centre and car parks will be removed, and the site where they stand returned to nature.

The new visitor centre will be a gateway to the magical home of Robin Hood where ancient oaks and wildlife live in harmony and thrive. It will comprise of a welcome area, a shop and a café. It will also include a terrace for the café and an amphitheatre outdoor area.

Ross Frazer, RSPB Project Manager, said: "We’re absolutely delighted to have been granted planning permission to build this fantastic new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest. Prior to our application we took on board a lot of feedback from the local community, and hope that they are just as excited as we are to be one step closer to bringing that vision to life."

Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Councillor John Knight, Culture Committee Chairman are thrilled at the news.

Councillor Rhodes added: "We have always been totally committed to plans for a new and modern visitor centre fit for the 21st century to promote the legend of Robin Hood and our world famous Sherwood Forest. Today's news is exciting as it is bringing this vision one step closer to reality for everyone."

Councillor Knight concluded: "This is great news for Sherwood Forest, for Robin Hood, local communities and for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore our historic country park each year. Our current visitor centre is well loved but does not provide a full visitor offer that people expect. This new modern centre will be wonderful for everyone and will bring a real boost to the visitor economy."

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Posted 29th November 2016

Discovering the wonder of Sherwood Forest both above and below the surface

Robin Hood’s horse would need to mind its step if it rode into town this week, as some exciting site investigation work will be getting underway at Sherwood Forest Country Park.

The RSPB will be digging up to 15 trenches to investigate ground condition and carry out archaeology checks. Work will start from Monday 28 November and will take place during daylight hours.

The wildlife charity is waiting for a decision on planning permission to build a new visitor centre on the site. Ahead of the decision, site managers would like to know about the soil structure and what sort of ground they would be dealing with if the permission is granted.

The work will be carried out in Naish’s field and at Forest Corner where the proposed Visitor Centre will be built.

It is estimated that work will take two weeks and it will cause minimal disruption to visitors and residents. As with any work at this site, every effort will be made not to disturb any wildlife, flora or fauna.

Ross Frazer, the RSPB’s Sherwood Forest Project Manager, says: "You may notice machinery starting to appear and digging getting underway this week and we wanted to let everyone know that this work is simply investigative".

"Should anyone have any questions about the work then please do contact myself at - ".



Posted 17th October 2016

RSPB submits plans for new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest

An RSPB-led consortium has submitted the planning application to Newark and Sherwood District Council for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest.

The consortium successfully won a bid in August last year as part of a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park and National Nature Reserve from early 2018.

If approved, the proposed work would see a modern facility built at a site agreed by Nottinghamshire County Council, at Forest Corner in Edwinstowe. This would be followed by the removal of the current 1970's visitor centre and car parks, and that site would then be returned to nature.

Ross Frazer, RSPB Project Manager, said: "We're very happy to reach this important stage in the planning process. We hope that people will see that we've listened to and incorporated their feedback, and this planning application brings us one step closer to realising our vision for a brilliant new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest."

The plans for the new visitor centre will be available to view via the planning portal on the Newark and Sherwood District Council website:

www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planningapplications/



Posted 13th July 2016

RSPB-led consortium presents plans for new Sherwood Forest visitor centre

The RSPB-led consortium will be hosting a drop-in session on Monday 25 July from 5 - 8 pm, at the Edwinstowe Village Hall, to showcase plans for the proposed new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corner.

The session will offer an opportunity for anyone interested to view plans for the new facility, prior to the planning application submission later in the summer. A full consultation as part of the Newark and Sherwood District Council's planning process will take place at a later date this summer.

A consortium led by the RSPB successfully won a bid in August last year as part of a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park from early 2018.

If approved, the proposed work would see a more modern facility built at a new site close to Edwinstowe at Forest Corner. This would be followed by the removal of the current 1970's visitor centre, and that site would then be returned to nature. Sherwood Forest Fun Park, a fairground currently based at Forest Corner, would also move to an alternative location at Naish's Field, on land owned by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC).

The session on Monday 25 July, at the Village Hall, Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe, will be led by Ross Frazer, RSPB Project Manager, and the architects for the new visitor centre, JDDK.

Holly Booker, a new RSPB Visitor Operations Officer, has also been appointed to support the Sherwood project. The RSPB-led consortium will also have the plans on display for public view during the Robin Hood Festival, from 1 - 7 August.

Ross Frazer said: "We would like to welcome anyone interested in our plans for the new visitor centre to come along on 25 July. We are very excited about this project and the opportunities it will give us to further promote Robin Hood, continue to protect local wildlife, and continue to preserve this historic country park for future generations."

Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "It is a good opportunity for local communities to have the chance to see these plans before the RSPB-led consortium submits its planning application to Newark and Sherwood District Council."



Posted 8th October 2015

A consortium led by the RSPB - the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - has been named as the preferred bidder to design, build and operate a new visitor centre and to manage the stunning natural habitats within Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest Country Park.

One of the UK's leading nature conservation charities - the RSPB - has come out on top in a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council for a new visitor centre and to take on the conservation management of Sherwood Forest Country Park, which forms part of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve (NNR).

The RSPB will lead a consortium which also features The Sherwood Forest Trust, Continuum Attractions and Thoresby Estate as part of a £5.3m investment programme.

The visitor centre will be designed and built over the coming years and will provide a completely new facility and visitor experience for the people of Nottinghamshire and beyond to enjoy and celebrate the woodland, wildlife and heritage of the site. Around 350,000 visitors visit Nottinghamshire's world-famous Sherwood Forest country park each year and the hugely successful Robin Hood Festival will again take place next year. The County Council's management contract also requires the preferred bidder to deliver on effective conservation of the country park within the wider NNR, which features England's Tree of the Year, the Major Oak.

Nottinghamshire County Council's Culture Committee discussed the options at its meeting on July 21 and today (WedAug12) the council has announced the outcome of that process. The council will now enter exclusive discussions with the preferred bidder to move towards signing final contracts which could be complete by the end of September. The County Council will remain responsible for the current visitor facilities until the new visitor centre opens at Sherwood Forest Country Park.

Nottinghamshire County Council Leader Councillor Alan Rhodes said: "A bright new chapter for Sherwood Forest country park and the legend of Robin Hood is a step closer with this announcement as we move to final contract talks with the preferred bidder."

"The RSPB has a track record in delivering award-winning visitor centres. Their bid focussed on conservation management, iconic heritage and of having expertise of successfully managing these sorts of schemes. The wider consortium has a vast amount of experience and knowledge to promote the international icon of Robin Hood and preserve and protect our world-famous Sherwood Forest."

Mike Clarke, the RSPB Chief Executive said: "This is a hugely exciting project for the RSPB, and a really great opportunity to deliver a fantastic new facility at Sherwood Forest for people, communities and the forest."

"Our core charitable activity is all about managing landscapes for nature and engaging people - and we have a proven track record of delivering, to a high standard, exactly what is required from the Nottinghamshire County Council brief."

"I believe the RSPB, with its wider consortium, will be an excellent partner in this project, committed to delivering a long-term sustainable future for the National Nature Reserve and developing an exciting visitor experience for the people of Nottinghamshire and beyond."

David Parker, Acting Area Manager for Natural England said: "The iconic Sherwood Forest NNR is Nottinghamshire's premier wildlife site and internationally important for its famous ancient trees and special woodland wildlife. We're pleased that this project will realise our shared ambition, to fully restore the condition of this ancient forest to its former glory through the removal of the current facilities. This new modern visitor centre will enable people to continue to marvel at and enjoy this specially protected site in a more sustainable way. We look forward to working with the County Council, RSPB and others to deliver this exciting project."

Jennifer Spencer, Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire said: "Sherwood Forest is already one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nottinghamshire, and is known around the world for its role in the Robin Hood legend. The RSPB led team is well placed to deliver the project, and we look forward to working with them on the promotion of the new visitor centre when it opens. It is sure to attract even more visitors to the area, while also carefully preserving the forest for future generations."

Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Sherwood Forest Trust said: "The Trust is delighted to be part of the consortium winning bid, where our previous work on the Sherwood National Nature Reserve and excellent track record of supporting local community nature sites is well known. We will be keen to play our part to ensure that there are great benefits for all those who visit and enjoy the wonderful forest that is Sherwood."

Nick Brown, Regional Agent for Thoresby Estate said: "As a major local landowner, including several leisure and tourism interests, Thoresby Estate is extremely keen to see a first class facility built within Sherwood Forest. The Estate also has strong conservation and heritage ethos and I am therefore confident that the RSPB led consortium will be able to deliver a superb new tourist attraction whilst ensuring the wider environment and landscape is managed to the highest standards."

Kevin Smith at Continuum Attractions said: "Continuum Attractions is delighted to be part of the RSPB-led consortium which will breathe new life into Sherwood Forest Country Park and develop a new visitor centre. The shared expertise across the consortium will deliver a sustainable future for the Sherwood Forest visitor experience."

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