Conserving and celebrating the important habitats, special species and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.

Miner2Major's story

Miner2Major is a five-year Landscape Partnership scheme conserving and celebrating the important habitats, special species and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest. It is supported by a £2.5 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The scheme brings together communities, local authorities, organisations and businesses to make an impact at a landscape scale for the area’s natural environment and heritage. Through delivery of a range of partnership projects it restores and connects valuable habitats across former coalfield areas, helps protect iconic and endangered species, records and celebrates local heritage, supports the visitor economy, improves skills and increases community engagement and volunteering.

Partners include Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Inspire, RSPB, Sherwood Forest Trust, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Friends of Moor Pond Woods.

The scheme aims to:

Promote Sherwood Forest as a distinctive, recognisable and appreciated landscape in its own right linking facilities and activities for all abilities.

Increase the commitment of local people to appreciate and safeguard the heritage of Sherwood Forest, and attract new and wider audiences to engage with a wider range of heritage through a programme of targeted activities.

Conserve and re-connect woodland and heath in Sherwood Forest to help support the range of wildlife species of our landscape and the semi-natural fragments of distinctive Sherwood Forest habitats.

Help bring together communities, organisation and businesses to integrate, teach, record and communicate the features and significance of our landscape and heritage.

Useful learnings from Miner2Major

Partner with multiple organisations to develop the scheme.
Work across a landscape scale.
Produce a Landscape Conservation Action Plan.

It was challenging to maintain the partnership approach, especially during Covid.
Develop operational and strategic networks, and tap into existing networks.
Our funding mainly came from the Heritage Lottery.

Miner2Major's metrics

Heathland and acid grassland sites created, enhanced and restored.
Volunteering hours (nature conservation) working on the above sites.
Public engagement - training courses, events and activities.
Species counted in wildlife areas.
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Landscape scale heathland creation and restoration.
Promoting the benefits of nature and improving accessibility of trails.
Miner2Major Young Rangers on site at Rainworth Heath.