Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands, England.  Nottinghamshire’s country parks, ancient woodlands and rolling hills form a stark contrast with its industrial history.  Its landscape is rich in natural resources like limestone, coal and oil, and Nottinghamshire was once a major coal-mining district.  Nottinghamshire was also an important part of the Industrial Revolution.  Nottinghamshire’s lace and cotton industries flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries, and its county town, Nottingham, was once the location of a prolific textiles industry.  The construction of canal and railway networks enabled traders to transport their goods to the rest of the country.  Coal mines were opened in the 19th century, providing residents with an important source of employment and income until the miners’ strikes of the mid-1980s.  Nottinghamshire is now home to several coal and gas power stations.  As well as being an important industrial and commercial centre, Nottinghamshire has a rich cultural heritage as the birthplace of writers Lord Byron and D.H. Lawrence and the legendary Robin Hood.