The UK's largest and most exciting forestry, woodland, trees and timber show, APF 2014, returns to Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, courtesy of the Marquess Of Hertford, from today until Saturday, September 20.
The exhibition is a showcase for everything associated with woodland, forests, trees and timber – everything from seed to sawmill. Over 250 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors are expected over the three days.
One of the main features of the exhibition is a 2000m demonstration circuit where over £30 million of woodland machinery can be seen working, carrying out everything from whole tree mulching, tree felling with £300,000 automatic tree harvesters, firewood processing, stump grinding, sawmilling, woodchipping, horse logging and much more.
There will be some fantastic world class, exciting and unique competitions to see including 50 of the world's best poleclimbers competing in the Husqvarna World 25m Poleclimbing Championships. Europe's top 25 carvers will take part in the A W Jenkinson and UPM Tilhill European Chainsaw Carving Championships.
Other event include Horse Logging, the World Log to Leg Polelathe Championships and the UK Forwarder Driving Championships.
There will be an extensive woodland crafts area with displays of charcoal making, hazel hurdles, oak swill baskets, willow weaving, coracle making, bowl turning, steam bending, clog making, dug-out canoes, Windsor chair making, Sussex trugs, polelathe turning, and elf whittling including many have-a-go opportunities and displays of working vintage forestry equipment.
There will be seminars in a variety of current topics especially plant health and bi security. The show will be opened today by the new Secretary Of State for the Environment Liz Truss.