Sherwood Forest was recently alive not just to the sound of spring bird song, but to the songs of the Nottingham Clarion Choir too!
Vice-president of the Ramblers Association, Paddy Tipping, welcomed over 60 supporters of Sherwood Forest to Sherwood Pines for a short walk through the forest on Sunday (18th March). Before the walk started the Clarion Choir entertained the crowd and en route, at a woodland glade poetry interlude, local poet Dave Wood combined trees and mother’s day in a poetry recital. And, naturally, the walk was led by Robin Hood!
The event was organised by the Save Sherwood Forest group that has campaigned against the government’s attempts to privatise the publicly owned forests managed by the Forestry Commission.
Spokesman for the group, Ian Hewitt, underlined the importance of the day when he thanked all those who had attended. Ian said: “Privatisation of our forests may not be headline news currently but the government’s plans have not gone away. The threat of privatisation and potential loss of access still hangs over our forests. The fact that so many supporters can turn out on a Sunday morning sends a very loud and clear message to Mr Cameron: do not think you can quietly sell off our woods assuming nobody is watching. We ARE watching Mr Cameron.
Ian also underlined how the campaign had brought together so many different groups: “Here today are members of the Ramblers, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, local politicians, concerned local people, cyclists, horse riders, nature lovers and many more. With one voice we are saying to the government that all plans to sell off the forests must be dropped.”
Here are the images from the day
You can download the flyer for this event here: SSFRamble2012