On Saturday 15th June the Forestry Commission will join other forestry and timber organisations to celebrate its centenary year at the Cumberland Show.
The Forestry Commission was founded in 1919 in the wake of WW1 to replenish the nation’s timber reserves. They started planting trees in Cumbria from 1920 onwards, shaping many of the local forests we know and love today. This year the Commission marks their 100th year – celebrating the history of forestry and the important role it plays in England today for people, wildlife, and timber production.
There will be a packed programme of demonstrations at the Cumberland Show to showcase the forestry sector. Spectators can enjoy everything from pole climbing, horse logging and chainsaw carving, through to a lumberjack display, mountain biking and a forest machinery demonstration.
Visit the Forestry Commission stand to see a historic Forestry Commission vehicle and meet staff from Whinlatter Forest. Learn more about trees, wildlife management, the history of the timber industry and what activities are on offer in your local forests, or take your children to decorate a willow wand, take a centenary selfie, guess the age of a tree and collect some stickers and giveaways.
Kevin May, Forest Management Director for the North of England said “We’re really proud of our heritage and the role the Forestry Commission plays in shaping our landscapes, producing timber, protecting wildlife and providing an outdoor playground where people can escape, relax, explore and play. This year is all about celebrating our rich history and we invite everyone to join us and learn more about forestry, nature, and the benefits associated with spending time amongst trees.”