The inaugural Forestry Expo event, which took place last week in South Lanarkshire, has been hailed as a great success.
Organised by Rural Projects and with the support of Forestry Journal magazine the event attracted an attendance of over 3000 visitors from the forestry industry.
The site at Little Clyde enabled visitors to enjoy a packed field of trade stands where a range of working demonstrations took place. From there a short shuttle coach journey took visitors to the adjacent commercial forestry site where the harvesting demonstrations took place.
Organiser Martin Dare, of Rural Projects Ltd, commented:
“We are delighted with the support received for Forestry Expo. Pulling the event together was a real team effort on behalf of my Rural Projects staff, the Forestry Journal team and our sponsors and hosts.”
“It was brilliant to see everything come together and I am grateful to the forestry community of Scotland and further afield, including international visitors, who turned out to support the event.”
“Our aim is to grow on the success of Forestry Expo 2019 and to repeat the event in future years.”
Tradestand holders reported a steady stream of visitors, with rain on the Thursday afternoon only dampening spirits a little. The sun came out on Friday and the car parks were soon almost at capacity. In the harvesting area an estimated £40 million pounds worth of harvesting and forwarding equipment, from major manufacturers, John Deere, Komatsu, Ponsse and Tigercat was put through its paces harvesting around 6,000m3 – around 250 lorry loads – over the course of the 2 days.
Stef Kaiser, Communications Manager, with forestry industry body, Confor, praised the event:
“It was great for Confor to be part of Forestry Expo in Scotland. These are really exciting times for the industry and events like Forestry Expo are a good way to attract more people to our sector. That could be farmers looking to plant productive woodlands or young people looking for employment. Forestry Expo helps to demonstrate that modern forestry is supported by investment and underpinned by innovation.”
Comments from other trade stand holders included:
Peter Brown, owner, Apex Fluid Power:
“It’s a fantastic base and our first time meeting a lot of these customers. We see people that we can’t get to see other time. We’ve met people who’ve travelled from the Isle of Mull, from South Wales, from all over the place, all gathering here today on one site, all wanting to talk.”
Jock McKie, from John Deere, one of the event sponsors summed up:
“All in all, the Expo was a great success and a tremendous opportunity to catch up with customers and industry partners. Much credit must go to Rural Projects for the hugely professional delivery of the Expo and we can only look forward to the next one!”