Search for Robin Hood mistletoe

Love could transcend beyond iconic outlaw Robin Hood and Maid Marian at Sherwood Forest this festive season.

The love story of Robin and Marian has captivated audiences for years – but now eagle-eyed nature lovers are being invited to join in the search for the scarce amount of mistletoe which grows in the ancient forest.

For among the thousands of Oak trees and other flora and fauna at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, are two lone lime trees – and mistletoe has found it an agreeable habitat to grow on both of the trees in recent years.

Participants who take part in a series of festive walks this season at the forest with Nottinghamshire County Council rangers will see the mistletoe as part of their adventure into the forest.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Learning and Events officer Gary Joynt said: “It is interesting that despite the huge swathes of oak trees we have a tiny amount of mistletoe growing in the forest as well. With the Christmas season it is of interest to our visitors and adds some interest and intrigue to our walks.