Local timber on show at the Royal

Ten truckloads of timber from Badja, Bago and Yambulla State Forests are making their way to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Sales and Distribution Supervisor Andy Costello said 4,017 chopping blocks and 107 tree poles would be used in wood chop competitions over the two-week event.

“The wood chop events at the Sydney Royal Easter Show attract many thousands of visitors each year and Forestry Corporation has been supplying sustainable timber from local State forests for the competition for many years,” Mr Costello said.

“According to the Royal Agricultural Society, the Royal Easter Show attracts some 850,000 visitors each year, so this is arguably the most high profile wood chop competition in Australia.

“There are 240 entries for the Royal Easter Show’s wood chop events this year requiring 4,017 chopping blocks and the organisers have exacting standards when it comes to the timber they want for this prestigious event.

“Every one of these 4,017 blocks was harvested in State forests around Tumbarumba by local contractors who have carefully selected logs with exactly the right qualities required for the wood chop events. These were then delivered to the Axeman’s Association’s Peter Knight in Eden who individually wrapped each log in plastic to ensure they don’t dry out ahead of the competitions.

“Most of the championship blocks this year are Silvertop Ash from Yambulla State Forest near Eden and the blocks for the non-championship events are Alpine Ash harvested from Bago State Forest near Tumbarumba.

“The woodchop competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show always draws a crowd and Forestry Corporation of NSW is proud to support the event by supplying certified sustainable NSW timber.”

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