A RECORD number of visitors and exhibitors turned out for this year's APF - which has been hailed as a massive success. 

Organisers have confirmed 23,000 people headed to the Ragley Estate to take in the very best of forestry and arboriculture from more than 300 of the biggest names in the industry. 

Around £80 million of machinery was on show during the event last month, including forwarders, harvester heads, cone splitters, and lots, lots more. 

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Exhibition secretary Ian Millward said: “We are absolutely delighted at how successful the show was. 

"We have been deluged with emails and comments on social media from both visitors and exhibitors about how good the show was and how much people enjoyed it. 

"It makes it all worthwhile." 

Visitors also included 850 local school children and their teachers, as well as groups of university students, who were given guided tours to learn all about a modern working woodlands and forests and the possible exciting career opportunities that exist.

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New features, such as the UK open tree climbing and British Open Fencing Championships, attracted big crowds. The World Poleclimbing and European Chainsaw Carving Championships continued to be big crowd pleasers, with one carving attracting a show record of £5500 at auction.

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Ian added: "It is a huge credit to our team of staff and contractors, many of whom were new to the show, that they come together for the first time in four years and put on a show of this scale, complexity and quality." 

Dates and location for APF 2024 are to be announced shortly.