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  • This Old Tree Podcast - The Major Oak of Sherwood Forest

    Sherwood Forest in the County of Nottinghamshire lays claim to a world famous tree, The Major Oak. It may well have harbored Robin Hood and his merry men, or perhaps people like them. Admirers from all over the world visit the beloved English oak, drawn by the legend.  

    Two guests from the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve help describe why the tree is so special. One is Paul Cook, the Warden tasked with maintaining the woodland and the landscape. The other is the Sheriff of Nottingham, or, that is, Richard Townsley, a tour guide and local authority on Robin Hood. There’s an aura around this tree thanks to the legend, but the allure and lasting popularity of England's arboreal icon has become about so much more.  Click here for podcast.

    Paul Cook
    Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, RSPB

    Richard Townsley
    Tour Guide - Sheriff of Nottingham
    Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, RSPB

    Consulting Editor
    David Still, II

    Nigel Holmes
    (excerpts from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, edited by Jonathan Kelley, The Townsend Press, Inc.)

    Recorder Musicians
    David Bor
    Kim Wass

    Recorder Music
    "Light of love," Anonymous
    "When that I was and a little tiny boy," anonymous Shakespearean stage tune
    "When lo, by break of morning," Thomas Morley, 1595
    "It was a lover and his lass," Thomas Morley, 1600
    "Tres douce dame que j’aour," Guillaume de Machaut, 14th c.
    "We Be Soldiers Three," Thomas Ravenscroft, 1609

    Special thanks to:
    Rob James, Sherwood Forest

    Photo credit
    Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, RSPB

    Diccon Lee, www.deeleetree.com

    Dahn Hiuni, www.dahnhiuni.com/home


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    We want to hear about the favorite tree in your life! To submit a 1-3 minute audio story for consideration for the "Tree Story Short” segment on This Old Tree, record the story on your phone’s voice memo app and email to:

    This episode was written in part at the What Cheer Writers Club, Providence, RI


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