26 June 1998

TAKEALEAFOUTOFTHEIRBOOK…

WHETHER you are planning or running a commercial timber operation or looking for the best deal in small-scale equipment – this is the area to head for.

Key businesses and organisations are on-hand to give up-to-the-minute expert advice on everything from strimmers to logging machines and planning new woodland or game cover to current schemes and grants.

Features include Christmas tree production, which is the focus of a permanent exhibit aimed at those who want information about the best varieties and growing methods, marketing prospects and economics of medium and large-scale production. This exhibit is organised and manned by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.

The planting and management of small plantations grown primarily for use as a game covert is the theme of another feature, run by Tillhill Economic Forestry. And for those interested in different tree species, RASEs permanent arboretum is a must.

Presentation of the prestigious Woodland and Plantation Competition awards, which covered Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex this year, takes place in the Farm Woodland and Forestry Area on Tuesday afternoon.

The area also plays an important long-term education role by introducing youngsters to the world of trees and woodlands.

Look out for Art in the Forest, where youngsters are able to enjoy competitions, workshops and watching a working sculptor and where you can find out how the Forestry Commission is working to promote forestry in Britain.

There is also an opportunity to win a tree seedling – a challenge organised by the Tree Council and Royal Forestry Society. Those who are successful receive a seedling and advice pack about growing it successfully and all proceeds go towards the tree aid scheme to fund tree planting in Africa.