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Robin Hood's hideout voted England's tree of the year

A tree in Nottinghamshire said to have been the hideout of Robin Hood and his Merry Men has been voted England's tree of the year, the Woodland Trust has announced.

The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park won almost a fifth (18%) of nearly 13,000 votes cast in the public poll run by the conservation charity.

The vast, spreading oak, thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, beat the ancient oak Old Knobbley in Essex and the Ickwell Oak in Bedfordshire to be crowned English tree of the year.

It also beat other finalists including Newton's Apple Tree in Lincolnshire.