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Spirits were undampened at the tenth anniversary National Forest Wood Fair

Wednesday, 27th August 2014

Celebratory timber cake at the National Forest Wood Fair

Two thousand visitors enjoyed the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire, on Bank Holiday Monday. Despite the rain, spirits remained undampened and everyone enjoyed the quality wood products, lumberjack displays, chainsaw carvers, horse logging and tree climbing.

“We were delighted to see so many people make their way on to the Wood Fair field, dressed for the rain and happy to make the most of all the attractions and demonstrations our great array of exhibitors and stall holders had in store for them,” said Richard Drakeley, Tourism Development and Promotions Officer for the National Forest Company. “Although the numbers were understandably down due to the inclement weather, everyone had a great day, bought lots of beautiful products made by some of the top wood craftspeople in the country and enthusiastically supported the charity auction in aid of TREE AID.”

Richard continued: “Our exhibitors tell us it is the best event of its kind that they attend. We keep the focus very much on all things to do with timber, trees and woodland and this makes it a very special event. Through showing how timber is used, demonstrating how woodlands are looked after, talking to visitors about walks and cycle routes through the forest, where to see wildlife and how you can volunteer and get involved, it is a brilliant demonstration of all aspects of our work to create and secure the future of The National Forest.”

This year was the tenth anniversary of the National Forest Wood Fair which attracts visitors from across the country. The occasion was marked with a very special timber ‘cake’, decorated on the day with ten candles turned out of wood by a merry band of bodgers, (pole lathe turners).

The National Forest Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, and is supported by local business Coalville-based Vitax, one of the UK’s leading specialists in the manufacture of garden and horticulture products.  

All who attended this year’s event are invited to complete the online questionnaire available at Visitors’ comments are welcome for future planning for the Wood Fair and completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw to win a family ticket to attend next year’s event.

Caption for image: From left: Councillor David Snartt, Leicestershire County Council; Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest Company; Roger Clarke, non-executive director, National Forest Company.

Photo credit: Beth Walsh. Copyright: National Forest Company