The leafy suburb of Sherwood, with its historic arboretum of native trees, is flourishing as a new generation of families discovers its growing appeal. The inner western suburb, located only 8 kilometres from the heart of the Brisbane has long enjoyed a reputation as a family friendly address. Flanked by a wide stretch of the Brisbane River, the suburb derives its name from one of the original farms that occupied much of the area in the mid 1850s. The Sherwood Forest Park (later renamed the Sherwood Arboretum) was laid out in 1925. Since it’s inception, the parkland and artificial freshwater wetland has always been popular with local residents as it is with the local birdlife. In recent years Sherwood has also received an influx of excellent cafés and restaurants to secure the area as a suburb with family appeal.