County Council and partners land £2.4m lottery windfall for Sherwood Forest project
A project to preserve and celebrate Nottinghamshire’s industrial past has secured significant National Lottery funding.
Nottinghamshire County Council and its partners have been awarded a National Lottery grant of £2.4m for From Miner to Major: The Real Sherwood Forest. Local communities will be given the skills and knowledge to look after the landscape, through restoring vital heathland, protection and conservation of ancient trees, and local history projects mapping Sherwood over the past 100 years.
The historic Sherwood Forest area covered much of Nottinghamshire north of the Trent and our project area stretches from Bestwood village in the south to Edwinstowe and the National Nature Reserve in the north; and from Mansfield and Ashfield in the west to Ollerton in the east.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “This is fantastic news. It reflects the national importance of the Sherwood Forest area as well as all the years of hard work that has been put in by colleagues and partners to secure this vital funding. We can now make our plans a reality.
“These are exciting times for Nottinghamshire and for Sherwood Forest. The project will also help boost the local economy, by linking in with other investment and projects in the area, including the new visitor centre at the Sherwood Forest Country Park, which is due to open next month. This will further celebrate Sherwood Forest’s heroes, heroines and villains, including the most famous legend of them all, Robin Hood!
“It is particularly pleasing that local young people, via youth forums and workshops, have been closely involved in the development of our bid. We have listened carefully to what they have had to say, after all, this project is very much about the future of the Sherwood Forest area and making sure it remains a special place for many generations to come.”
Local people will have new opportunities to learn more about the county’s industrial past and how it shaped the places they call home today.
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “At one point in history, Britain led the way when it came to industry and manufacturing. It’s so important that we remember and celebrate the people and places in Nottinghamshire that played a pivotal role in this success.
“People are at the heart of all of the projects we fund, and not only will these projects regenerate key historic sites in Nottinghamshire, but also provide more opportunities for local people to enjoy local heritage and develop their skills.”
There will be a whole range of ways people can get involved, including learning and volunteering opportunities as well as accredited training to provide people with skills to restore, manage, understand and promote heritage within the Sherwood Forest area.
To find out more, visit www.hlf.org.uk.