FOREST - What remains of the once great royal hunting forest of Sherwood is still home to over 600 oak trees that began life in Elizabethan times: there is still sufficient off-path space to be all alone with nothing but trees, on land that has been undisturbed since the end of the last ice age. Several oaks preceded the arrival of the Normans, though some are just gaunt reminders of the majestic giants they once were. Forests used to cover the countryside but now they’re mainly isolated pockets of native vegetation that are just big enough to remind us of the sense of safety that I always feel when protected by the mighty trees.