Nottinghamshire attraction names preferred bidder

An RSPB-led consortium has been named as the preferred bidder to manage Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and Country Park.

Final discussions are underway over a 20 year contract which will see the largest nature conservation charity in the country take over the management of the site.

The consortium, made up for the RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) made the £5.3 million bid along with The Sherwood Forest Trust, Continuum Attractions and Thorseby Estate.

Their roles will include the design, build and operate a new visitor centre and to manage the natural habitats within the country park.

Jennifer Spencer, Chief Executive of Experience Nottingham said: ” Sherwood Forest is already one of the most popular attractions in Nottinghamshire, and is known around the world for it’s role in the Robin Hood legend.”

“The RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) led team is well placed to deliver the project, and we look forward to working with them.”

Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the consortium member The Sherwood Forest Trust, said:  “The Trust is delighted to be part of the consortium winning bid.”

“We will be keen to play our part to ensure that there are great benefits for all those who visit the wonderful forest that is Sherwood.”

Around 350,000 people visit the country park every year.



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