Competitions and Events

APF Exhibition 2020

APF 2020 will have the widest range of world class competitions and demonstrations we have ever staged:

The Husqvarna World 25m pole climbing championships with the world’s top climbers competing against the clock and head to head to get to the top of the 25m poles, beat the world record time of 9.76 seconds and win the crown of World Champion and a share of the fantastic prizes on offer.

The A W Jenkinson & Tilhill Forestry European Chainsaw Carving Championships where 25 of Europe’s top carvers will be competing in a three day open competition to produce a stunning sculpture from a 1 tonne piece of timber The UK Open Fencing Championship sponsored by McVeigh Parker will see 10 pairs of the UK’s top fencers compete head to head and against the clock to erect 100m of stock fencing. APF 2020 will also see the popular return of Fencing in the 21st Century. This is an arena dedicated to the very latest in fencing technology and equipment. Demonstrations by the UK’s top fencing equipment manufacturers will showcase the very latest machines, tools, materials and techniques in a series of practical workshops and demonstrations throughout the three day show.

The 3ATC UK Open Tree Climbing competition. Due to the unfortunate cancellation of this years Arb Show we have offered to take on the staging of this prestigious competition. There will be three days of various climbing events and skills challenges for the UK title. The Tree Worker Zone. New For 2020 this is an area focusing squarely on the Arborist. The Tree Climbers Forum will see practical demonstrations of climbing techniques and equipment including the latest updates on the new requirement for a two rope anchor system. The area will also see a chainsaw technical workshop, knot tying and line throwing competitions. The Arborists Workshop will have a series of short, walk-in presentations on a wide variety of topical issues from plant health, bio security, running a business and becoming an Arb Association approved contractor.

The Forest Worker Zone. An interactive and practical area aimed at the forest or woodland worker, tree surgeon or anyone who gets their hands dirty during the course of their work. It will consist of a series of short daily interactive presentations on subjects as diverse as physical welfare, chainsaw maintenance, taking out a loan and health and safety and training.

The Woodland Crafts area has grown to become the largest display of traditional woodland craft skills to be found in one place anywhere in the UK. Visitors will be able to watch and learn about charcoal burning, Sussex trugs, oak swill baskets, hazel hurdles, Windsor chairs, leather work, pole lathe turning, besom brooms, cane and rush seating, willow weaving, coracles, knife making and many more and will be able to try their hand at many of them.

The UK Forwarder Driving Championships are sponsored by Komatsu and Barony College. Situated in a realistic woodland setting the competition will be a real test of the driving and loading abilities of the UK’s best forwarder operators on a very challenging course to find the UK’s best forwarder driver.

Confor and the Forestry Commission will be hosting a daily programme of topical seminars on a wide variety of subjects including Forest Carbon, Digital Vegetation mapping and current plant health issues. These will take place within the Confor tent situated at the heart of the show next to the APF HQ

A detailed programme of events will be published nearer the event


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