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The Poplar Challenge 2007

Wednesday, 16th May 2007

The Poplar Challenge 2007

Woodworkers from all over the country are invited to take part in a free competition to construct something creative from a ‘kit’ of poplar timber.

In conjunction with the National Forest Company (NFC), the Poplar Tree Company (PTC) of Hereford is running a competition to find the best use of poplar wood. All entries will be judged and the winner announced at the National Forest Wood Fair, to be held at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 2007.

Poplar is a light and easily workable wood and previous entries to the competition have included toys, indoor furniture and garden products.

Dr Hugh Williams of the NFC said: “This is a fun challenge for people who might do a bit of woodworking at home to see what they can create from such a kit. It is exactly the kind of timber that will be coming out of the Forest as the landowners manage the growing woodlands. At the Wood Fair we aim to show people how sustainable woodlands work, and having the entries for the Poplar Challenge on display will be an entertaining way of explaining some of the issues involved.”

Each poplar pack consists of two roundwood poplar logs (c. 800mm x 120mm), four poplar boards (800mm x 160mm 20mm) and four poplar battens (800mm x 20mm x 20mm). 50 packs are available, free of charge, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. They can be collected from the NFC in Moira, Leicestershire, or from the PTC in Lower Lulham near Hereford, from now until Friday 22 June 2007.

Please phone ahead to make an appointment: contact the NFC on 01283 551211 or PTC on 01981 250253 to obtain a pack, entry form and rules of the competition.