The nation’s foresters gathered at the biennial APF Forestry Exhibition in Warwickshire in mid-September.
NCFed were there represented by Rebecca Oaks and Brian Williamson, sharing a stand with a number of other organisations, courtesy of Toby and Ali Allen of ‘Say it with Wood’.
As well as putting us right in the public eye amoungst the rest of mainstream forestry, it gave us the opportunity to offer advice on coppice management to a variety of organisations and individuals. Some interesting discussions were held on topics as diverse as affordable rural housing; upland coppice; the virtues of retort kilns and tree diseases.
It also offered a salutary comparison between earning a living with a machine costing £50,000 or with a second-hand billhook. Sustainability can take many forms!
The APF only happens once every 2 years. If you haven’t been before, it is certainly an eye opener, offering a window into the world of forestry with millions of pounds worth of kit on show and being demonstrated. But nestled in amongst it is a vibrant and popular woodland craft and green woodworking area, always a popular hit with the trade who love to see the other side of the woodland world! http://www.apfexhibition.co.uk/