Two huge 100ft Poles are erected for the 2014 World Poleclimbing Championships
On Saturday September 6th starting at 10am at Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, two huge 6 tonne 100ft tall Douglas Fir poles will appear to rise, Jack & The Beanstalk like, in the middle of a field at Ragley Estate. The poles are being erected using a heavy lift crane in preparation for The World 25m Poleclimbing Championships taking place during APF 2014, the UK’s largest and most exciting trees and timber show, on the 18/19/20th September.
The poles have been carefully selected for the event from Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. They have to be as closely matched as possible to ensure equal racing conditions for the 50 plus competitors taking part. The poles are around 4ft in diameter at the base. Once erected they will be rigged with all the necessary safety ropes and sophisticated timing equipment required for the event.
The operation will be a great photo opportunity to see these massive poles being put into place. The location is APF 2014, Cold Comfort Lane, Alcester Warwickshire B49 5PT. APF 2014 contact on the day will be Exhibition Director, Mike Box, who can be contacted on 07836 712052
The World Poleclimbing Championships is just one of a huge series of events taking place over the three days of APF 2014, The UK’s largest and most exciting forestry, woodland, trees and timber show, other events include the European Chainsaw Carving Championships, the World log to leg polelathe turning championships, the UK forwarder driving championships, extensive woodland craft demonstrations , horse logging, and 2.5 miles and over £30 million of working forestry machinery.
APF 2014 is a biannual event. This will be the 20th Exhibition. The first Exhibition was held at Longleat Estate in 1976. It is returning to Ragley Estate after being staged there in 2004, 2006 and 2012
The Exhibition is being held at Ragley Estate courtesy of The Marquess Of Hertford.
The Exhibition is the largest such event in the UK and the 3rd largest in Europe
It is the leading exhibition for the forestry, woodland, arboriculture, wood fuel and utility sectors in the UK. 270 Exhibitors and 20 000 visitors are expected over the three days of the show.
Over 2000 exhibitor staff and thousands of visitors will bring more than £1million pounds into the local economy during the course of the Exhibition in terms of hotel bookings and meals.
It features a 2040m demonstration circuit where machines are shown working in a realistic setting. With exhibitors on both sides of the circuit that is over 2½ miles of working machinery. An estimated £30 million pounds of machinery will be on show.
The following events will take place at APF 2014;
The Husqvarna World 25m Pole Climbing Championships
The UPM Tilhill and A W Jenkinson European Chainsaw Carving Competition
UK Forwarder Driving Competition sponsored by Komatsu
Bio Security, Bio energy, wood fuel and tree health seminars sponsored by Forest & Land Management Ltd.
Seminars and advice on forestry education, training and careers
Extensive traditional woodland crafts area with many have-a-go opportunities
Demonstrations of the five disciplines in the World Logging Championships
Steam driven sawmills
Working vintage machinery
Technical updates & seminars.