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BBC1's Bargain Hunt comes to Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest this week

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Nottinghamshire fans of the antiques show Bargain Hunt are in for an extra treat this week.

The popular BBC1 show comes to Sherwood Forest on Friday.

Back in the summer, Edwinstowe Historical Society was asked by the BBC to help presenter Natasha Raskin Sharp find out about the historic Sherwood Forest, its famous oaks, and why oak has for centuries been chosen to make fine furniture.

BBC 1 Bargain Hunt comes to Sherwood Forest. (52173080)
BBC 1 Bargain Hunt comes to Sherwood Forest. (52173080)

The Sherwood Forest Trust, a Nottinghamshire charity with a mission to restore, conserve and celebrate the world-famous woodland, offered to help introduce viewers to the wonders of Sherwood.

Filming took place under the Major Oak, within Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve, by permission of the RSPB which manages the forest and care for the famous tree.

Former Sherwood Forest Trust employee Ian Major, interviewed on camera by Natasha, pointed out the Major Oak — said to be 1,000 years old — had lived through the reign of 41 British monarchs.

He filled her in with some fascinating facts such as the mighty tree’s ‘vital statistics’ — ten metres in circumference and weighing an estimated 23 tonnes.

Natasha also found out how Sherwood changed from the exclusive playground of playboys and aristocrats to today’s precious green oasis for nature and leisure.

Ian, himself a keen green woodworker and forest ‘bodger’, explained that oak has for centuries supplied the wood for everything from furniture to warships. Over 6,000 oaks helped to build Nelson’s ‘Victory’, for example.

The Bargain Hunt episode airs on BBC1 Friday at 12.15pm.

It can also be viewed on iPlayer up to 30 days afterwards.

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