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Vitax renews support for the National Forest Wood Fair

Wednesday, 13th May 2015

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The National Forest Company is delighted to announce that Vitax - one of the UK’s leading specialists in the manufacture of garden and horticulture products - has confirmed its sponsorship of the National Forest Wood Fair for 2015.

Vitax, based in Coalville, within The National Forest, signed a two-year deal in 2014 and is continuing its partnership with the National Forest Company which dates back to 2010.

Attracting over 5,000 visitors from across the UK every August Bank Holiday Monday, the National Forest Wood Fair is in its 11th year and is a hit with everyone who loves the great outdoors.

With activities ranging from chainsaw carvers, wood carvers and horse loggers, right through to the Wildman of the Woods, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

“Last year proved that no matter what the weather, the National Forest Wood Fair is a very popular event.  We met people who had travelled to Leicestershire for the weekend just to take part in all of the activities available,” said Paul Gooding, Vitax’s chairman.

“The event is a great way to raise awareness not just about The National Forest but also sustainability, the versatility of timber and the need to ensure we continually support the regeneration of the Forest.

“As part of our commitment to the event we will be looking at ways we can engage more with local schools and showcase the magnificent facility they have right on their doorstep.”

Covering 200 square miles in the heart of England, The National Forest is maturing as the boldest environmentally-led regeneration project undertaken in the UK. 

John Everitt, chief executive of the National Forest Company, said: “The relationships we build with our partners, like Vitax, are crucial to the continuing success of The National Forest.

“The National Forest Wood Fair brings together not just local talent but wood and timber specialists from across the UK as we celebrate this wonderful resource.  Timber is the ultimate sustainable product providing wood fuel, timber for arts and crafts and enjoyment to people of all ages, proving that trees and woodlands add immeasurably to the richness of our lives.”

This year the fair will feature around 100 exhibitors including live demonstrations of woodworking skills, craft displays and chainsaw sculpting.  Tree-climbing and a range of forest-inspired goods will also be available.

The event will take place on Monday, 31 August from 9am-5pm at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire, just five minutes drive from junctions 22 or 23 of the M1.

The National Forest Wood Fair is run by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council.