Blackdowns to host woodland fair

PUBLISHED: 14:44 25 June 2010

The Blackdown Hills are about to have their very first Woodland Fair.

This family-friendly event will bring together some of the best wood-related activities from Somerset, Devon and Dorset. The fair will run all day with activities including: ‘have-a-go’ at green-woodworking, bush craft and other rural skills.

There will be archery, wildlife walks and activities for children, demonstrations of aerial tree work and a steam-driven saw bench.

Stalls will sell crafts, tools and equipment and delicious locally-sourced refreshments will be available all day.

John Greenshields, event organiser, said: “The Fair is set to be a popular and enjoyable day out for those interested in all things ‘woody’ - especially families as there are lots of activities to entertain the kids. We thought it was a shame the south west wood fair is no longer held and decided to do something about it by organising our very own Woodland Fair for the Blackdowns”.

So go and enjoy the world of wood on Saturday, July 3, 10am – 5pm, in a beautiful setting close to the Wellington Monument.

Park Farm (TA21 9NP) will be hosting the Fair, sign-posted off the A38 just south of Wellington, leave the M5 at J26 if travelling south-bound, or J27 north-bound.

The entry charge will be just £5 per car on the gate.

The day is being organised by the Blackdown and East Devon Woodland Association through the Working Our Woodlands project, funded by the Blackdown Hills AONB, East Devon AONB and Making it Local, incorporating funding from the EU, Defra, SWRDA and LEADER.

The Fair is also being supported by the Neroche Scheme, the Silvanus Trust and local sponsors.

Those interested in exhibiting at the fair or in being advertised as a sponsor should contact John Greenshields on (01823) 660764.

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