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Hands On At Gardener's World

Friday, 16th March 2012

As the weather warms up and we turn our attention outside, gardeners can get inspiration from The National Forest.  Visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live show at the NEC (13-17 June) will be invited to get hands-on to try ancient skills still practised today.

Expert craftsmen will be on hand at the show to help visitors get to grips with the traditional woodland crafts that are seen in The National Forest.

From Wednesday to Friday Peter Wood (yes, that really is his name) from Greenwood Days will be demonstrating how to use a foot operated lathe and handing over the pedal to let visitors have a go. Pole lathes have been used for centuries to make items such as finely turned chair legs and are perfect for making those indispensible garden dibbers. 

Then at the weekend another brilliant greenwood artist, Spencer Jenkins, will be delighting the crowds as he demonstrates and guides them on how to make simple willow sculptures.  Spencer creates stunning willow furniture, wall-hangings and sculptures.

Peter and Spencer run courses and workshops encouraging people to try these skills.  Peter said: “There has been a real revival of these old crafts through interest in the courses that we run as well as attending events like the National Forest Wood Fair”.

Both craftsmen will be at the National Forest Wood Fair on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August, held in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.  At the Wood Fair there will also be lumberjacks, the fast and furious UK Championship Log to Leg Race, horse logging, chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, forest machinery, logging demonstrations, falconry and much more. And with loads for children to do, the Wood Fair guarantees to keep both adults and children alike entertained all day over the Bank Holiday weekend!

The Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council.

For more information on the craftsmen visit their websites:

Spencer Jenkins:

Peter Wood:

BBC Gardener's World Live Show


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