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Date Set for National Forest Wood Fair

Tuesday, 21st October 2008

Following record-breaking attendances at this year’s National Forest Wood Fair, the date has been announced for the 2009 Fair.  It will be held at Beacon Hill Country Park on Bank Holiday Monday August 31.

3,400 visitors flocked to the Fair this year, for a packed day of woodland craft demonstrations, hands-on fun and activities, songs and story telling – with plenty of opportunities to find out more about trees, timber and everything there is to do in The National Forest.

“We are already planning next year’s event,” said Penny Wilkinson, Tourism & Promotions Officer for the National Forest Company, “and we have a number of exciting ideas to make the Wood Fair even bigger and better.  We hope to expand the Grand Auction, which was a huge hit this year, and add to the programme of events.  Watch this space!” 

She continued:  “Wood as fuel is becoming a hot topic, in these days of soaring gas and electricity bills.  As the trees grow and the woodlands in the Forest are managed, there will be quantities of timber and ‘thinnings’ that are ideal for turning into wood chips for use in automated wood fuel boilers, and plenty of logs for those gorgeous open fires on winter evenings.   The National Forest Wood Fair is a great way to tell the whole story of the Forest: about the trees we plant, the wildlife they support, and how we can all enjoy - and make use of - this fantastic new landscape we are creating.”

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 itself, with panoramic views over Leicestershire and the growing National Forest.

To find out more about the National Forest Wood Fair call 01283 551211, or contact us