Summer is all about picnics and enjoying the English countryside. It is also an added bonus that I can use these lovely days as a mode of research. Unfortunately, the English landscape has changed beyond recognition since the Anglo-Saxons roamed here. But all is not lost.
Home to some of the oldest trees in Europe, Sherwood Forest is now a National Nature Reserve. This forest was typical of much of the landscape during the medieval period. It consists of densely wooded areas of birch and oak and also some heath land. It is mostly famous for being the home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, although trees such as the ancient Major Oak are known throughout the world .