School Visits

APF Exhibition 2020

APF 2020 is the UK’s largest forestry, arboriculture, trees and timber show. This will be the 23rd event we have staged, having started way back in 1976. The event attracts around 320 exhibitors and 20 000 visitors.

For 2020 we are offering FREE school visit places for up to 800 children.


Each group will receive

  • A transport bursary to cover the cost of getting the children to APF.
  • Free tickets for the children from your school and their accompanying adults.
  • An experienced Education Officer to guide your group around the show and help them to explore all that it has to offer.
  • A resource pack to take away for your school with lots of ideas on how you can follow up what you’ve seen at APF with forestry related learning back in your school.

What’s on?

This is a fantastic opportunity for schools and children to learn about what happens in a modern, working woodland. See at first hand what goes on in a woodland, where timber comes from and the uses it can be put to as well as the vital role trees and woods play in the environment and helping reduce climate change. The event is a showcase for all the latest state-of-art machinery and equipment and it is a great chance to see the career opportunities that exist in forestry in electronics, hydraulics, computers, surveying and many other jobs. We have come a long way from a man with an axe!


See everything from seed to sawmill

  • The event showcases everything to do with woodlands, forests and trees, from planting to felling and the subsequent use of the timber from biofuel to furniture and building material.
  • The show features a 2km demonstration circuit where around £60 million pounds of working machinery can be seen in action, tree felling, producing woodchip for biofuel, firewood, tree planting etc.
  • The World pole climbing championship, the European Chainsaw carving championships, horse logging and have an extensive traditional woodland crafts area with the opportunity for hands-on experience.

How do we book a place for our school?

The schools programme at APF is being co-ordinated by education teams from the Royal Forestry Society’s Teaching Trees programme and Forestry England. If you have any queries at all about the visits or whether they are suitable for your school:

Please contact either

Ian Millward, Exhibition Secretary at info@apfexhibition.co.uk Tel: 01428 723927

or

Becky Wilkinson, RFS Teaching Trees and Training officer at becky.wilkinson@rfs.org.uk

We hope you will want to take advantage of this fantastic, unique opportunity to teach your school children about woodland and trees.