Although there has been little snow to cause problems over the last couple of years, 2010 did bring a surprise. When checks were made on the oak, what was found was that the branches of the surrounding trees were almost bent double from the weight of snow but of Sherwood Forests most famous tree, Izi Banton, the site's manager said:
"There wasn't a flake on it. It was so strange, it was like this tree is special, it had been protected. It felt a bit mystical.”
Later, snow did fall on the tree, and as you can see below there is a perfect image of Friar Tuck appeared etched in snow on the trunk.
Friar Tuck, of course, was one of Robin Hood's merry men.