Forest Festival 2023

In September 2023 we held our first ever Forest Festival

In 2023 Cumbria Woodlands presented their first-ever Forest Festival at the Westmorland Show. Teaming up with partners and businesses, there were stalls, seminars and demonstrations all in one place at the show. We firmly put forestry on the agenda at this hugely popular show and showed how bringing the sector together in one place can have a huge impact.

The Festival in Numbers


2518 visitors to the festival


Seventeen partner organisations came together to support the festival


Twelve seminars delivered over the two days of the festival

The 2023 Speakers

Below lists all the speakers who ran seminars for us at the Forest Festival '23

Lee Schofield

RSPB Senior Site Manager

Clare de Villanueva

Trees and woodlands

Gary Waters

Cumbria Community Forest

James Ramskir-Gardiner

Forestry Commission National Agroforestry Advisor

Peter Knox

Forestry Commission Business Development Officer

Jamie Chaplin-Brice

Ancient Woodland Specialist

Peter Leeson

Woodland Trust - Woodland Creation Advisor

Neville Elstone

Cumbria Woodlands Director

Festival Photos!

Who was involved?

Lake District National Park

Forestry Commision

The Coppice Coop

Lake District Foundation

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