As part of the celebration of the redevelopments of Nottingham Castle, Nottingham City Council and The Castle Trust are giving every primary school in Nottingham city the chance to plant a Quercus Robus (Sherwood) oak tree.

The plan is to create spiral of oak trees running from Nottingham Castle all the way to the heart of Sherwood Forest and The Major Oak. The very first of these trees has been planted by Robin Hood himself at Rosehill Special School.

The People’s Forest project is being co-ordinated by Nottingham Open Spaces Forum, who bring together all the ‘friends’ groups of our city’s parks and open spaces.

The project will reconnect the city with Sherwood Forest through the planting of trees in schools, community gardens and other open spaces and to create a network of ‘forest school’ activities, embedding an enthusiasm for caring for our environment in all of the city’s young people and for future generations.

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Adding new trees across the city is essential. Alongside fighting climate change and pollution, planting trees and volunteering is known to aid feelings of wellbeing and is great for the overall look and feel of the community; as well as attracting wildlife. This is such a great project to get involved with because it is the start of celebrations around the castle transformation, as well as beginning to bring our famous Sherwood Forest into the city.”