The Lincolnshire Wood Fair 2014. Revesby Estate, Lincolnshire.
After the success of the event in 2013, Revesby Estate have kindly agreed to host the event for another year and the date has been set for Sunday the 7th of September, 2014. We look forward to seeing you all there.
That's it folks all over for another year. Many thanks to Peter and all at Revesby for their continued support, giving prize money to the Lincolnshire Lumberjack Olympics and sponsorship this year. Thanks to Robert Bell & Co for running the auction and providing half of the prize money for the Lincolnshire Lumberjack Olympics. Thanks to support from Lincolnshire County Council and Jim's Yard. A big thank you to all those people who came along free of charge and gave demonstrations throughout the day (you helped provide an interesting day for all the family) and also those teams that entered the Lincolnshire Lumberjack Olympics. Gratitude also to all the exhibitors (some of whom travelled all the way from Kent and Suffolk) and all those companies and estates that put lots into the auction (and particularly those that donated the sale price to the group).
The event cannot run without the hundreds of hours volunteers put in and without volunteers showing people where to park, selling tombola tickets (and of course all those that donated prizes), giving bushcraft demonstrations, helping kids build nestboxes, manning the Woodfuel Advice Point and leading the guided tractor and trailer rides (and of course driving the tractor) producing site plans, managing the website,carrying out promotion, supporting the Lincolshire Life article and generally helping set up and tidy up after the event it could not be the success it is, with over 1,300 people attending this year.
Also this year I would like to thank all the committe members that give up so much time planning the event and taking on organisational roles. So in no particular order thanks to; Bob Jowett (Vice Chair), Nick Bromidge (Booking Officer/Treasurer), Helen Gamble (secretary), Nigel Sardeson (Health & Safety Officer), Chris Rider, Mark Dolman, Peter Wiggins-Davies and Robert Bell. Hopefully people feel all their hard work results in an event which is worth it.
See you all again next year - we hope.
David White (Chair).
DATE FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7th
VENUE: REVESBY ESTATE
OPENING TIMES 10 - 4PM
Welcome to the website for the 2014 Lincolnshire Wood Fair
Winner of "the best community project", Lincolnshire environmental awards, 2012.
We are delighted to announce that this year the event will once again return to the beautiful setting of Revesby Estate with it's mature parkland and areas of woodland. Our thanks go to the estate for their continued assistance in hosting the event and to Peter and his team for all the work they put in to making the event so successful . This year we are also pleased to announce that Revesby Estate are our main sponsor.
This year we have re branded the event as the Lincolnshire Wood Fair.
The event will still have the information about woodfuel with a stove supplier on hand to give advice and of course the firewood auction but we are widening the scope of the event to celebrate everything to do with trees and woodlands and provide a fun day out for all the family!
This year family orientated activities will include:
This year we will run a timetable of events that will be publicised through the day, we have also arranged a tannoy system to let people know what is happening and when, so you never miss any of the action.
Look out for an article all about the Lincolnshire Wood Fair in the September edition of Lincolnshire Life Magazine on sale 21st August !
New for this year are the guided tractor and trailer trips around the parkland. Chris Manning who is a local authortity on deer and author of a book on the deer parks of Lincolnshire will guide the deer themed trips and Chris Reynolds who works for the Forestry Commission in Lincolnshire and who was formerly curator of Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent will lead the tree themed tours.
All childrens activities will require supervision by an adult.
There is a nominal charge for exhibitors to cover marquee and service costs.
The woodlands of Lincolnshire are a limited resource but with sustainable management they can provide people with jobs, refuges for threatened wildlife and a sustainable source of carbon neutral fuel for the future. We hope that the firewood fair continues to provide a step in the right direction.
A word about biosecurity - Lincolnshire's trees and woodlands are special and we want to try and protect them. We have heard much in the news over the last year concerning the dieback disease in ash trees called Chalara and we all need to do what we can to slow the spread of the disease. As part of this work all contractors that give demonstrations at our event clean vehicles down before coming to the event site if working in or near ash woodlands.
We would like to ask all members of the public to come along and enjoy the day but just spare a thought about biosecurity first. Have you been walking in woodlands containing ash trees and if so is your footwear clean and free from mud? If you bring a trailer along to take your firewood home in is the trailer clean and free of leaf litter?
For more information on biosecurity visit the Forestry Commission stand in the main marquee - we can all play our part!
For more information about exhibiting or even hosting or sponsoring next years event please contact us. As always we are looking for people to volunteer to take on an active role on the organisation committee and share the workload.
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