On a warm summer day what could be better than taking a wander through the Kent Showground, woodland area. The beautiful Murrain Woods is a delightful part of the Kent County Show with a number of attractions bringing the area to life.
Belmont Estate Woodland Ring
The Belmont Estate Woodland Ring featured an array of displays and demonstrations showcasing some of the woodland craftsmen that can be found at the Kent County Show.
The Kent Showground is one of the only Showgrounds in the Country which has a woodland area on site. Murrain Wood is one of the most beautiful areas at the Show, allowing visitors to take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the shade created by the stunning mature trees which include oak, ash and beech trees. Visitors could see an array of trade stands, sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake in the coffee shop and enjoy watching the rural craft demonstrators at work.
Traditional woodland crafts including trug making, wattle hurdle making, stick making and woodland sculpture offered visitors the opportunity to talk to the people still practising these ancient crafts. Our chainsaw carver spent the three days of the Kent County Show carving numerous creative pieces. Local to Kent, his family have been involved with the Show for over 50 years.
During the visit to the woodland area, visitors were able to meet our stunning working horses. These strong but beautiful animals are still used commercially today. An environmentally sensitive management technique, the art of horse drawn timber extraction offers woodland managers a viable low-impact alternative in situations where the use of machines may either be inappropriate or uneconomic. During the Show our horses provided demonstrations of this traditional craft.
The use of woodlands for recreational activities is on the rise. The Kent Scouts and Girl Guides joined us to demonstrate how they use the outside in their programmes. Visitors could also have a go at archery and try their hand at rifle shooting.
Back by popular demand was the climbing wall, this is a wonderful activity to take part in. The lovely setting in the woodland took climbers high in to the canopy where they could experience the majestic woodland from a different perspective.
Badger Bush Craft
Visitors could learn survival skills Bear Grylls style at the Bush Craft demonstrations, learning knife sharpening, knot tying, catapult making, cordage and weaving, foraging and spoon making.