The CONFOR APF Show is largest exhibition of silviculture & arboriculture (let’s call it forestry shall we?) in the UK with over 270 exhibitors & 20,000 visitors across the three days.
It is enormous! We know, we walked round it, and round it, and round it…
On the 18th, 19th & 20th September 2014 the Confor APF extravaganza took over a lovely little corner of Warwickshire called the Ragley Estate, Alcester which was just about do-able from Sussex so we decided to make the pilgrimage along with the rest of the world of forestry.
The draw of forest machinery in action and the chance to meet up with old friends and colleagues was worth the early morning (lets face it, we’re used to early mornings!) so we made a day of it ‘en mass’, Bruce & Yogi, Dave & Paul, Andy, Tom & Keith.
Only Keith had been before. The rest of the gang were not prepared for the abundance of fancy new chainsaw boots, magic labour saving gizmos and timber sport shenanigans on show, but it was a great opportunity to get up to date on all the new forestry technology & equipment in the industry. There’s no doubt about it, foresters love new kit.
Here’s our day in photo’s, because words just aren’t enough when it comes to huge machines with teeth.
David, Tom & Paul fresh out of the four hour car ride and raring to go
Confor were encouraging passersby to ‘post’ the old fashioned way, with an ‘it’ note
Lots of opportunity to learn something new at the free seminars from Forestry Commission and Confor
This one was on a hot topic concerning Round Timber Haulage and was hosted by the lovely Roland Stiven, Confor RT transportation maestro
Speaking of hauliers, look at the fantastic graphics on A W Jenkinsons vehicles, helping educate the public on what they’re doing with round timber & forestry. Beautifully clean too!
Telling the softwood RT story
Machines, makers, olympic sprinters running against timber sports athletes running up poles, automatically deflating and inflating RT lorry wheels, baby English trees in plugs ready for planting, tea kettles, armchairs, SmallWoods and an Exhibition of Wonderful things, what more could you want?!
So get your wells on and we’ll see you there in 2015?
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More APF Info
The APF 2014 site map
The APF 2014 programme of events
The APF 2014 seminar programme