The town of Edwinstowe was last year named the best place to live in Nottinghamshire by a lifestyle publication. With its variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants, villagers say it ‘has it all’.

And its location on the edge of Sherwood Forest, a major Nottinghamshire tourist destination, synonymous with the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year, is treasured by those who live nearby.

In fact, some Edwinstowe people visit the Nottinghamshire landmark, home to the legendary Major Oak, estimated to be around 1000 years old, on a daily basis.

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“I love it here, it’s so peaceful and the forest is just around the corner,” says Andrew Garton, 60, who enjoys the tranquility of the area. “We have all the stores we need around here.

“We used to have dogs and we were in the woods with them all the time. It’s a lovely place.”

Retired Christine Prince, 69, who has lived in the village for over 40 years with her husband Gordon, says: “The walks and the woods are my favorite parts, we’d be lost without them.


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