Sherwood Forest was situated entirelty within the county of Nottinghamshire, in the English Midlands.
Almost exactly in the centre of England.
There were many reasons why it was considered an ideal location for a Royal Forest when it was established sometime in the ealry Norman period.
Some of these are outlined below.
Place name evidence
The Royal manors of Arnold, Bothamsall, Dunham, and Mansfield (the largest manor in the county in the medieva period) were all north and west of the river Trent.
All these elements combined to make this area an ideal location for a royal hunting forest.
Deer love woodland and heathland- and kings loved deer.