APF 2018, the UK’s largest forestry, woodland, trees and timber show is offering £6000 funding to local schools to encourage them to visit and learn about everything that happens in a modern working woodland.
Coming to Ragley Estate, Alcester on the 20/21/22nd September, the event attracts around 320 exhibitors and 23 000 visitors. It features over 2 ½ miles and £50 million of working machinery as well as world class competitions like the World 25m poleclimbing championships and the European Chainsaw Carving championships.
Exhibition Secretary, Ian Millward, explained “This is the 22nd staging of the show and we have always been very keen to attract schools to come along, be given a guided tour by experienced foresters and learn about everything that happens in a modern working woodland and possible careers in the industry. The children can see everything from traditional woodland crafts such as basket making, horse logging, high tech automatic tree harvesters in operation and learn about bio fuel and wood energy. They can follow the whole life cycle of a tree from seed to sawmill.
We recognise that school budgets are tight and educational visits are often something that has to be cut so we are offering the first 20 schools that apply £300 to cover their transport costs to and from the show. We hope to encourage over 800 children of all ages to attend.
We are keen to show that forestry has come a long way from check shirts and axes and that new high tech machinery needs highly skilled operators. The children will be able to try out a simulator of a £300 000 harvesting machine and try their hand at felling a virtual tree.”