Help to branch out into forestry sector

The Forestry and Firewood fair.
The Forestry and Firewood fair.
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The biggest ever forestry event in the North East will take place at Meldon Park this weekend.

The Forestry and Firewood Fair will be a one-stop shop for everything to do with the sector, including talks, trade stands and demonstrations.

The estate woodland will play host to demonstrations of horse logging, mechanical timber extraction and harvesting, while farmers, landowners and customers will have the opportunity to talk to industry experts in a Forestry Information Centre.

Seminars will focus on the new Environmental Land Management Scheme, wood heating, plant health, funding opportunities and biomass, and the trade stands will offer equipment demonstrations, with various teams from wood fuel and boiler suppliers to tree surgeons. Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus, which offers apprenticeships and courses in the sector, will also be represented.

The event has been organised by Northwoods, Meldon Park and Northumberland County Council.

Northwoods Project Manager Andrew Kitching said: “The Forestry and Firewood Fair is the biggest event of its kind ever staged in the North East.

“This is a vibrant, expanding sector, which is set to create even more jobs and income for the region’s economy. The event is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in our woodlands, be they farmers, landowners or consumers keen to find out more about the benefits of wood fuelled heating and the Government incentives available to make the switch.”

The fair will be held at Meldon Park, near Morpeth, on Saturday, with an entry charge of £2 per car.