Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat | Business | The Guardian
Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat | Business | The Guardian Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottinghamshire, was voted England’s tree of the year in 2014. According to folklore the tree sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. Major Oak in Sherwood Forest country park, Nottinghamshire, was voted England’s tree of the year in 2014. According to folklore the tree sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. Photograph: Phil Lockwood/Woodland Trust/PA Gwyn Topham Sunday 1 January 2017 18.38 GMT Last modified on Sunday 1 January 2017 22.00 GMT View more sharing options Shares 6086 Comments 898 The latest battleground for the future of fracking in Britain looks set to be Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of folk hero Robin Hood and now the target of a seismic survey by Ineos. The chemical multinational, which relocated its headquarters back to the UK last month, appears to have agreed terms with the Forestry commission to start burying charges and spend up to two years using “thumper trucks” or vibroseis machines to search for shale gas. Campaigners have called on the government to block any possible fracking and protect the forest. The stories you need to read, in one handy email Read more According to documents obtained under freedom of information request by Friends of the Earth, Ineos could be working within 200 metres of the Major Oak, a 1,000-year old tree that in folklore sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men.