Beautiful Sherwood Forest – legendary home of Robin Hood – is under threat from fracking
Sherwood Forest is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Woodland in the area dates back to the Ice Age.
Now there's a threat that chemicals giant INEOS could spoil it by fracking for shale gas. The company has applied to carry out seismic surveys – a first step towards fracking.
Shale gas is a fossil fuel. It emits greenhouse gases when burnt, which contributes to climate change. Friends of the Earth opposes fracking because we need to get off fossil fuels as soon as possible – and shift to clean, renewable energy.
If INEOS's plans go ahead, its activities would pass within a few hundred metres of the Major Oak, an 800-year-old tree under whose canopy Robin Hood's merry men and women are said to have slept.
And this invaluable area of outstanding beauty could be lost to fracking.