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Our Location

How To Find Us

Forever Green is based in Ransom Wood on the edge of Sherwood Forest near Mansfield, 15 minutes from junction 28 of the M1 and within easy reach of Nottingham, Newark, Chesterfield and their surrounding areas. Contact a member of the team for full directions.

Forever Green
Ransom Wood Business Park
Southwell Road West

Call: 01623 675304 or Email: enquiries@forever-green.info


Ransom Wood

Ransom Wood is run by family business ‘Ransomwood Estates Ltd’ which has a history of over 100 years and is a business park like no other, combining office space with a restaurant, well being centre, children’s nursery, woodland walks and much more. Ransom Wood is a 70 acre woodland park located in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and offers a unique environment to work, to dine or to get married in.

Ransom Wood

Woodland Walks

Ransom Wood is a good base to explore the local woodland from as it has paths which connect to the surrounding woodland outsides the boundaries of Ransom Wood. Forever Green is perfect to either start or end your walk at for a rewarding lunch and is open every week day 8am to 4pm. If you would like to know more about Ransom Wood including its history, restaurant or office space, please take a look at our website www.ransomwood.co.uk.

Begin your Woodland Walk

A 20 min walk on woodland paths that takes you out of Ransom Wood and along its Southern perimeter.

Start the walk at the front of Ransom Hall in Ransom Wood, NG21 0HJ.

With your back to the front of Ransom Hall,  turn left across the main car park and through into the overflow car park. The entrance to the overflow car park is under a stunning copper beech tree (pictured right).

This Overflow was once a large T.B. ward, with terraces, where most patients spent their days open to the fresh air. There are early 20th century records of patients complaining of the racket from the 100’s of nightjars that nested nearby. Sadly, in recent years this has dropped to one or two pairs.

Walk to the far end where you will see a path in the left hand corner leading into the woods.

Follow the path until reaching a chicaned fence (pictured left). The Chicane is an open system that allows wildlife to freely move between Ransom Wood and the adjoining woodland.

Go through the gate and continue along the path.

At the crossroads in the path, turn left. After a few minutes you will start to see the line of Ransom Woods green perimeter fence on your left.  You will soon come to a right hand bend in the path, where you will see a quarry ahead of you and the green perimeter fence of Ransomwood to your left.  Turn left through the gate, along the fence, with the quarry on your right. You will have to squeeze past this tree (pictured right).

The quarry ceased in 2016 and is now being left to a significant variety of wildlife. There are 150 sand martin nests in the cliff. One of the largest examples in the region.

After a couple of minutes you will find the information board for Strawberry Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest ahead to your left. You can now either add another 20 minutes or more to your walk through the reserve, or turn right down a wide road and right again after a couple of hundred yards to bring you back to the chicane.

Keeping the quarry on your right, follow the path along the end of the paddock (pictured below) towards a woodland copse. The paddock was used when the site was a hospital to keep wild stock such as cows and sheep.

While you take this walk, be aware that you are walking through the word SHERWOOD, as recorded by Sanderson in his famous 1835 map. This is the true centre of the forest, though the visitor centre and Major oak draw many public into assuming otherwise.

During both wars this area you have walked was used for military training and thousands of troops came through the sanitorium morning and evening for training.  There are various training trenches and the base of Strawberry Hill reserve has trenches with a different, castellated design. The word is that this hill was used for training in the last days before going to the Western Front. Trainees would crawl here under the live ammo fire of machine gun emplacements.

Please be aware that the site is strictly protected and metal detectorists need the express permission of The Forestry Commission or Welbeck Estates. We don’t permit such activity on our site. Once something is dug up and taken, the story is lost forever and that is the real value.

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