Place Projects - 08 October 2019

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre Celebrates First Year Anniversary

The RSPB, who operate the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, held an event for partners on the project to celebrate a year of operation for the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Since opening last year, the Centre has welcomed 370,000 visitors to the £5 million facility part funded by D2N2.

The figure also includes over 35,000 who visited to celebrate the 35th Robin Hood Festival.

The excellent visitor figures cap a strong first year for the centre in which it also scooped awards for its design including two from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a further accolade from the Local Authority Building Control (LABC).

Local Growth Fund

The £5million Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre received £500,000 via the D2N2 LEP from its Local Growth Fund allocation, funding allocated by Government to part-fund infrastructure projects which directly benefit the economy.

The new visitor centre replaced the original 1970s-built building after the RSPB won a competitive tender in 2015 to manage the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, along with partners Nottinghamshire County Council, Sherwood Forest Trust, The Woodland Trust, Thoresby Estate and Continuum Attractions.

Plans to build a new visitor centre were created after the old site and car park were judged to be within a protected area of the forest that contained one of the highest concentrations of ancient oaks found anywhere in Europe.

Clean Growth

Some 2 million people visit the North Nottinghamshire attractions of Rufford Park, Clumber Park, and Sherwood Forest annually and Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s tourism is now worth over £3 billion to the local economy.

Part of the income generated by the new Visitor Centre has been channelled towards environmental conservation, including the restoration of ancient heathland elsewhere in the forest, a vital resource for the maintenance of air quality across the country.

D2N2 is committed to promoting clean growth in our region in order to protect our natural assets and has published our Energy Strategy 2019-2030.

Media wanting more information about the D2N2 LEP can contact Luke Stott, D2N2 Digital Marketing Officer, on 0115 9578749 or email:

Latest News & Events

05 December 2023

Made Smarter East Midlands welcomes Government’s £4.5 billion investment in manufacturing

Read Article

29 November 2023

D2N2 LEP Annual Event and AGM, 7 December 2023 12 – 2.30pm: last call for registrations

Read Article

22 November 2023

D2N2 LEP welcomes the announcement of an East Midlands Investment Zone in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Read Article

22 November 2023

Creative businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire set to benefit from funding to help them thrive

Read Article

16 November 2023

New showreel videos promote the impact of the D2N2 Growth Hub

Read Article

15 November 2023

Charter for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, supported by D2N2, launches nationally to minimise barriers to business for under-represented groups

Read Article

10 November 2023

D2N2 LEP Chair, Elizabeth Fagan, shares her thoughts on the strategy and plans for East Midlands devolution, on track to happen in Spring 2024

Read Article

10 November 2023

David Williams, Deputy Chair of D2N2 LEP, receives his MBE in Derbyshire

Read Article

30 October 2023

Mark Rogers, Interim Chief Officer for the East Midlands Devolution Programme, to speak at D2N2 Annual Event and AGM

Read Article

27 October 2023

Milestone achieved for East Midlands devolution

Read Article

Get in touch.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
8 Experian Way


Our Partners