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Visit the Greenwood Fair and try your hand at a traditional woodland craft

Child trying his hand at whittling, copyright National Trust/Chris Lacey.

Make the most of your trip to Sizergh, near Kendal, next Saturday 12th October and take part in a day of woodland demonstrations and activities.

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 wood, copyright National Trust.

The themed event is suitable for all ages and there will 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. Visitors can 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.

Partners in the event include Cumbria Woodlands, Westmorland Red Squirrel Association, Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife.

Sizergh’s house, garden, shop and café will also be open throughout the day. The event is free for National Trust members, or for non National Trust members it’s £8 for adults, £4 for children.

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