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A Cumbrian forester from the Forestry Commission is preparing to take on the world after coming second in the UK national logging championships.
Peter Fox, 39, of Workington, who is a Forestry Commission woodland officer, narrowly missed winning the recent 2012 UK Loggers Championships, just losing out on the last of five events.
The prestigious annual competition, which tests loggers’ chainsaw skills, was held in North Wales and drew competitors from across the country. It is hoped that the 2013 UK competition will be held in Cumbria
Peter, who has worked in the Forestry Commission for 17 years, does not use a chainsaw in his day to day job anymore but had trained for four weeks in the lead up to the competition.
“Most people start off in forestry using a chainsaw. I like to do this because it keeps me in touch with my roots. I see it as a test of skill, a bit of exercise and a chance to meet up with hardworking, down-to-Earth people who like to have a bit of fun and test themselves in the competition.
Peter’s second place means he has qualified for this year’s World Logging Championships, which will take place in Belarus. It is his second World Championships after competing in Estonia in 2006.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I will get the chance to represent my country and meet up with some old friends. It’s probably the closest we get to the equivalent of the Olympics and Foresters from around the world all speak the same universal language of beer!”
Another successful competitor at the UK championships was Tim Oliver, Forestry Commission head of recreation and public affairs for the north England district.
Tim won the newcomer award, having not used a chainsaw since 1995.
“Having watched Peter and some other UK competitors compete in Germany last year I was interested in having a go myself – it was much more difficult than it looked! It’s a great way to demonstrate forestry skills to the public and a fun way to pass some of the technical skills onto the new generation of foresters. The German event was held in the village sports ground and provided a valuable boost to the local economy. We are looking at opportunities to increase the number of events in the UK to help raise the profile and get more people involved.”
More information about the UK Loggers Championship is available at www.ukloggers.co.uk
For more information about the Forestry Commission in the Lake District visit www.visitlakelandforests.co.uk
Note to Editors
- Picture attached of Peter Fox in action at the UK Loggers Championship, as well as a picture with his runner-up trophy.
- The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North England Forest District looks after forests in Cumbria, the Lancashire, Northumbria, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.
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