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Call for Exhibitors at The National Forest Wood Fair

Thursday, 25th March 2010

Wood Fair

The National Forest Wood Fair is now in its sixth year and is a major regional attraction.  The only wood fair in the Midlands, it attracted 5,500 visitors last year and the organisers are planning an even bigger and better event this year.

Nick Fell, Forestry Manager at Leicestershire County Council, said: ‘The National Forest Wood Fair has become the premier event of its type in the region.  Exhibitors come from all over the country to take part, and many are now booking their place from one year to the next. 

‘To accommodate more exhibitors we have doubled the size of the main marquee – and this is already almost full!  We have a fantastic range of woodturners, sculptors, tool suppliers, timber sales, specialist book sellers – but we do still have room for more!  Regular exhibitors comment how interested the visitors are in the crafts, the materials – and the end product.  With a lively programme including lumberjack displays, a speed chainsaw carve, horse logging and tasty food and drink, we seem to have a winning formula for exhibitors and visitors alike.’

The National Forest Wood Fair was established in 2004 to celebrate the ongoing creation of The National Forest over 200 square miles of the Midlands, and to demonstrate its benefits to the economy and the lives of the people who live and work within or near the Forest.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: ‘The National Forest is about the millions of trees we have planted and the millions more we will plant, but it is also about the jobs that the Forest is creating, in planting and looking after the woodlands; it is about the paths and trails throughout the Forest where we can all enjoy walking and cycling; it is about the cup of tea and a warm welcome at a local tearoom; it is about a beautiful landscape on the doorstep of the people who live here – and those for whom it is a great day out or weekend break.

‘Last year visitors to the Wood Fair said that in the few years it has been happening it has become their country fair. It is quite something to see how strongly The National Forest is becoming part of life in area'.

The National Forest Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council.  It is held in the beautiful setting of the County Council’s Beacon Hill Country Park, set beneath the rocky crags of the beacon, with panoramic views over Leicestershire and the growing National Forest.

Those interested in exhibiting at the National Forest Wood Fair and who promote or work with native wood products, timber or woodlands should contact Nick Fell on 0116 3056920.