It was already the East Midlands biggest public woodland, but now it has notched a 20% growth in day-trippers over the past year, with admissions passing the 375,000 mark.
Forest chiefs reckon a £400,000 investment in new off road cycle routes spanning all ability levels is the major reason behind the increase.
The woodland’s soaring popularity has prompted the Forestry Commission to launch a UK first visitor scheme in Nottinghamshire to nurture even stronger links between local people and the beauty spot.
A new Discovery Pass has been unveiled, guaranteeing all year-round free parking in Sherwood Pines for a flat fee of £35, along with juicy discounts on cycle hire, Christmas trees, Go-Ape hire wire course and forest café. All the proceeds from the scheme will be re-invested back in the woodland.
Recreation Manager Chris Bray said: “Top bikers have always rated Sherwood Pines as a great venue, but family routes like the Adventure Trail are attracting a new audience, offering a great day out and a stepping stone for those wanting to improve their skills. It’s also giving folk chance to tone up, fight the flab and keep in trim.The Discovery Pass is a way to open the door to even more visitors, whilst offering those already using the forest an even better deal.”
Passes can be purchased from forest district office in Sherwood Pines Forest Park (tel 01623 822447) or by logging onto the website at www.forestry.gov.uk/pass