Greenwood Fair - Celebrating Sizergh's woodlands on Saturday 12 October

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On Saturday 12th October our rangers will be joined by volunteers and other skilled craftsmen and women who will be sharing their passion for looking after our woodland.

Try your hand at a new craft next weekend - there'll be woodland demonstrations and activities happening for one day only on Saturday, 12th October.

The annual Greenwood Fair runs between 10am and 3pm and shines a spotlight on the 150 hectares of ancient woodland found across the Sizergh estate. The area is managed by rangers, volunteers and tenant farmers and the day provides an opportunity to learn how this is carried out, including how the wood is felled and what products it can be turned into.

Area Ranger Tim Wood splitting a log to make firewood
Area Ranger Tim Wood splitting a log
Area Ranger Tim Wood splitting a log to make firewood

The themed event is suitable for all ages and there'll be ranger demonstrations of traditional Lakeland techniques like drystone walling, hedge laying and orchard management. There’ll also be guided walks exploring the woodlands and its inhabitants – focussing on butterflies, lichen and the estate’s oldest trees. Watch firewood machinery in action and find out how charcoal, turned bowls, longbows and furniture are made. There will be a selection of stalls to peruse, or if you’d prefer to get hands on, for a small donation you can make your own butter knife, have a go at soft archery – ‘safe’ archery using foam tipped arrows – or leave a lasting impression by planting a tree seed.

There'll also be the chance to speak to representatives from Cumbria Woodlands, Westmorland Red Squirrel Association, Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife.

The event is free for National Trust members, or for non National Trust members it’s £8 for adults, £4 for children.

Kids have a go at whittling at Greenwood fair
Kids have a go at whittling at Greenwood fair