A WOODLAND Fair will take place in the beautiful Redlake Valley (SY7 0BW) on Saturday, October 7, starting at 10am.

The community around Chapel Lawn are proud of their ‘quillet’ (an ancient measure of woodland) of Brineddin Wood that they have bought collectively, and they are keen to showcase all they are learning about what woods can give back to people, and the importance of the ancient relationship between the two.

To celebrate all this, the Woodland Fair will host over 50 stalls, speakers, craft demonstrations and special activities for all the family to enjoy, as well as guided walks of the woodland ‘quillet’ itself.

Owls, horse logging, clog making, tree ID, forest foraging, face painting and storytelling will all be represented. The event will take place in the village of Chapel Lawn - in the village hall, old school yard, river meadow, Brineddin Wood itself and the church.

Many kinds of food, all locally made and/or produced, will be on sale during the day. You can choose from baked potatoes with delicious fillings, lamb burgers and cob oven pizzas, to afternoon tea and home-made cakes.

The village hall will be full of woodland-related arts and crafts, the meadow with tree and timber related demonstrations, from horse logging to hedge-laying and the old school yard will be crowded with stalls. A series of ‘in a nutshell’ talks will take place in the church on subjects as varied as pine martens and tree ring dating.

The fair is organised by the Chapel Lawn Community Benefit Society.

One of its founding members, Patrick Cosgrove, says: ‘We’re very excited about this, our second Woodland Fair. Bigger this time, and with more stories to tell as we learn about our woodland, we hope to share the day with as many people as possible. There really is something to interest everyone from the oldest to the youngest, so we hope you can come along to help us celebrate the ancient and important relationship between people, wildlife and woodland’.

More details, including the fair programme, are available at rvcbs.wordpress.com/

Tickets are £4 in advance or £4.50 on the gate; five - 15 years: £2. Under fives go free. More information: 01547 530347 / 07757 559409/ patrick@cosgr.plus.com