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Woodland show focuses on agricultural timber

August 8, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

A 30-year high for timber and woodfuel prices means now is a great time to manage your farm woodland effectively, says Confor – the membership organisation that promotes sustainable forestry and wood-using businesses.

Confor is preparing for its Confor Woodland Show, which takes place on 5-6 September at the Longleat Estate, Wiltshire. This year’s event has a special focus on farming, with renewed interest in small scale woodland.

“Many farms have small woodlands or even single trees and these can still make an important contribution to farm budgets,” said Nick Hoare, show chairman. “Probably the greater proportion of our exhibitors have equipment designed for small-scale use.”

A key features of the show is that machines can be seen working under realistic conditions. Most key manufacturers will be represented and visitors will be able to see how a single tree can be turned into useful timber whether that is fence posts or cladding for a building.

“Small quantities of timber can be turned into firewood easily and quickly with the latest generation of firewood processors and low quality timber that might once have been thought as valueless can be turned into woodchips to fuel a biomass boiler.”

In addition, there will be opportunities to get advice on how to manage your farm woodlands or how to start planting trees on your estate. The Forestry Commission will be on hand to give advice on grant aid, felling licences, planting grants and woodland management grants.

There will a series of topical seminars to bring you up to date with current issues and the latest developments in the industry. In the Forest Workers Zone, there will be a series of workshops on health and well-being.

The show is welcoming back some of the best chainsaw carvers in Europe who will produce stunning pieces of work that can be bought over the two days of the show. The UK Loggers will also return, showcasing the best skills in precision chainsawing.

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