Surrey Hills Wood Fair takes place
PUBLISHED: 12:41 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 16 October 2015
The Sixth Annual Surrey Hills Wood Fair took place in the grounds of Birtley House Nursing Home on 3 & 4 October.
With over 6,500 visitors, 130 stallholders (encompassing every aspect of woodland work, natural history and local wood products) and an increase in gate receipts of 66% over 2014, the event was the most successful yet. Lovely sunshine played its part but the informal, community-based ethos of the Fair maintained its reputation as a real family-friendly and fun occasion. Staff and residents (and their families) of Birtley House came in large numbers too with some residents taking advantage of the option to be driven around the Fair to soak up the atmosphere. For those less mobile, one of the heavy horses had a break from demonstrating traditional log-pulling to come up to the Nursing Home and make friends with our residents.
The Birtley House farm shop was busy with visitors purchasing produce from the estate gardens and other local goodies and around the show there were numerous members of the organising business (Surrey Hills Enterprises CIC) selling local foods, wines, spirits, craft products and services.
As part of the community programme built around Birtley House’s commitment to ensuring that our residents never need feel isolated or institutionalised, the Wood Fair ranks alongside the annual Birtley Sculpture Garden Exhibition as key elements in this objective. It also helps to raise awareness of the beauty and value of the Surrey Hills and the part this plays in fostering health and well-being.