We asked the RSPB for an update on the developments at Sherwood Forest visitor centre. Read on to find out the exciting plans…

An RSPB-led partnership is currently working on a project to build a state-of-the-art visitor centre at Sherwood Forest, beginning an exciting new chapter in the history of this amazing site.

The charity will take over management of the national nature reserve from Nottingham County Council once the centre opens in summer 2018. The council, which has pledged £4.1 million to the scheme, is a partner in the consortium, along with Sherwood Forest Trust, Thoresby Estate and Continuum Attractions.

The building will be sited in a new position in Forest Corner, on the edge of the forest. Planning permission was granted by Newark and Sherwood District Council earlier this year. Once it is complete, the old visitor centre will then be carefully taken down, and the area returned to its natural state.

Work began in May on phase one, which includes building a car park as well as an access road, with phase two, the visitor centre build, due to get under way later this summer.

Preserving and protecting the forest

Ross Frazer, RSPB’s project manager, said everyone involved in the scheme is extremely excited about the prospect of working in this beautiful landscape.

“Sherwood Forest is an inspiring, and stunning place. We feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity to be part of Sherwood’s iconic history, and working with our partners, to use our knowledge and expertise to help preserve and protect the forest for future generations.

“We want to create a building that complements not just the natural landscape, but also the heritage of the site; a place where people can come together to learn more about Robin Hood’s home, connect with nature, and make lots of new memories.”

Watch this space for more details of the project over the coming months, to follow the progress of the build and find out plans for opening.

For more details, see www.rspb.org.uk