When is the next APF show and can you tell me what it includes?

A: The APF Exhibition is the UK's largest event for the woodland, forestry, arboriculture, wood fuel, utility and fencing industries. The last show in 2010 drew more than 250 exhibitors and a record 16,700 visitors, as well as large media interest.

Organiser Confor is planning the next event at Ragley Estate in Warwickshire on 13-15 September.

The 2012 show is expected to draw a big visitor attendance - up to 20,000 are predicted over the three days. Stand bookings indicate 250 exhibitors and the site will include a 2km demonstration circuit. An estimated £30m worth of machinery will be on show.

Competition will feature strongly, with timbersports, pole-climbing, chainsaw carving, polelathe turning, axe throwing and driving competitions. There will be seminars on bioenergy and tree health, a woodland craft area, horse logging, steam-driven sawmills and extreme mountain biking.

Exhibition director Mike Box says: "We have a fantastic new site that allows exhibitors plenty of space as well as giving us plenty of room for the competitions."


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