From the Yorkshire Post
EXPERTS ARE investigating whether centuries-old woodland linked to the legend of Robin Hood should be afforded protection from a controversial development.
Campaigners in the South Yorkshire villages of Norton, Campsall and Sutton have launched an official bid for Barnsdale Wood and neighbouring White Ley plantation, north-west of Doncaster, to be recognised as ‘ancient’.
It comes following an application to erect two wind turbines adjacent site, documented in literature as a stomping ground of the world’s most famous outlaw. Residents nearby claim the plans for ‘community’ turbines would create a blot on the landscape and building work which requires access through part of the woods would disrupt and damage natural habitats.
Natural England has begun delving into archive materials and analysing old maps to establish whether the area has been continuously wooded since 1600, with a decision expected early in the new year.
The only part of Barnsdle Forest with trees likely to be descendants of a medieval forest is Hampole Wood.
The only arguments about whether Robin Hoods was from Yorkshire or Notts or Derbyshire is misplaced. Royal Forests did not respect county boundaries.
In the reign of Henry II (1154-1189), Richard I (1189-1199) and John (1199-1216), all of Nottinghamshire north and west of the Trent was subject to forest law.
In fact this area extended into Derbyshire as far as the River Derwent.
In fact Shoerwood Forest is likley to have extended all the way north to Barnsdale which marked its northern edge. The earliest 15th century chronicles of Robin Hood mention Barnsdale. And most importantly
Manwood’s “Forest Laws” records an occasion when King Richard the Lionhearted who was hunting in Sherwood chased a hart out of Sherwood and into Barnsdale. Because the king failed to kill the hart (stag) he made a proclamation at Tickhill, in Yorkshire and at divers other places that no person should kill, hurt, or chase the said hart, but that he might safely return into the forest again. The hart was afterwards called, “a hart royally proclaimed.”
So it is likley that Barnsdale Forest and Sherwood Forest were near contiguous at that time with Tickhill roughly the border.
the whole area could be traversed in a day which is what King John did on the 9th September 1213 when he travelled from Rothwell which is seven miles north of Wakefield and ten miles north-west of Barnsdale to Nottingham probably on the King’s Great Way that connects London with York following the route of an older Celtic/Roman Road.
So the whole historic area of Sherwood and Barnsdale Forest probably extended all the way from Nottingham to Rothwell. So lets ban everything in this area. There is no doubting that this might meet the definition of a landscape’heritage asset’ – but lets be reasonable this is a huge area only some part of which retain ancient woods or historic and legendary connotations – like the Robins Hood Wells for example, or else we might as well ban all development in West London because it features in the Paddington Books