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ISBN: 9781841147079
Portrait of Robin Hood Country
Portrait of Robin Hood Country
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Sherwood Forest has been attracting visitors for centuries because of its connection to the legendary hero Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Lying to the north of Nottingham, the Forest was originally the huge hunting ground of Norman kings. Over the centuries much of the woodland was cleared and great landowners took control over significant swathes: indeed, the part of the county to the south of Worksop was given the name The Dukeries because it contained the estates of four dukes and one lord. Although some of these grand houses have now gone and others are in private ownership, the public can enjoy open access to the beautiful parks and woodland at Clumber, Rufford Abbey and Thoresby.

Todayís Sherwood Forest is a mix of oak and birch woodland with areas of open heath and rough grassland. Visitors can marvel at the amazing ancient oak trees with their huge knobbly trunks and spreading branches and enjoy a walk to the Major Oak, the largest and most famous of them all. Another area of forest, this time planted with conifers, forms the Sherwood Pines Forest Park and this has many miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle trails.

The husband and wife team of Peter and Janet Roworth have spent a year photographing this unique part of Nottinghamshire.Their collection of photographs takes you on a seasonal journey through the fields, parks, heaths and woods that make the area so special. From wide open views, to close-ups that reveal the tiniest details, their photographs capture a unique portrait of the landscape in its many moods.

Janet and Peter Roworth share a background in farming and a concern for the natural and built environment. Janetís photography developed from her interest in local history, buildings and architecture. She is a freelance family history researcher and has recently gained an MA in local history. Peter has worked in conservation for over 30 years and is currently employed by Natural England as Site Manager for the Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve. His photography has been a life-long interest, specialising in landscape and agricultural subjects, and he is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. The couple live in the East Riding of Yorkshire and their work has featured in numerous publications.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 707 9, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published March 2009.

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