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The National Forest Wood Fair - Showing Good Growth

Thursday, 18th December 2008

The fifth National Forest Wood Fair will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009. Nearly 3,500 people flocked to last year’s Fair, and exhibitors commented on how interested the visitors were, how knowledgeable and how eager to find out more about the exhibits and demonstrations.

“We had a fantastic array of over 80 exhibitors and stalls last year, but we are always on the lookout for new exhibitors, demonstrators and attractions,” said Nick Fell of Leicestershire County Council. “We are rapidly building a reputation for running a Fair that offers visitors and exhibitors alike a really good day out. We have timber suppliers and carpenters; wood turners and willow weavers; makers of long bows and brewers of woodland potions; bodgers, barn owls, charcoal burners and suppliers of wood burning stoves. By offering high quality demonstrations, plus fun, have-a-go activities for all the family, we think we have a winning combination.

“The crowds also love the Wild Man of the Woods, with his stories and songs, the heavy horses hauling timber and the tree lift that takes visitors high into the tree canopy. The Food Field, packed with delicious locally-sourced food and drink, is always very popular. 

“It’s a great day out, an opportunity to make some useful contacts and many of the current exhibitors have been with us since we started.”

Penny Wilkinson of the National Forest Company added: “Through the Wood Fair we can tell the whole story of The National Forest: how we plant the trees, how great they are for birds, insects and other wildlife, how the timber is used and more trees are planted.  Everyone benefits from the amazing story of this Forest in the making.”

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.

Those interested in exhibiting at The National Forest Wood Fair and who promote or work with native wood products, timber or woodlands should contact Nick Fell on 0116 3056920.