Devon County Show 2019

Below is a snippet of an interview with Sir Harry Studholme Bt Dl,the forestry commission’s chairman and also president of Devon County Show who are also celebrating 100 years of the forestry commission.

We cannot wait to share with you all the exciting things Hi-Line have on offer at the 2019 show…. Keep your eyes peeled.


Forestry Commission Woods and Forests is providing 100 new trees at Westpoint Showground, home of the Devon County Show, as part of its centenary year celebrations.
A commemorative Lucombe Oak, An evergreen hybrid discovered by Exeter nurseryman William Lucombe in the late 18th century. Will be the centrepiece among the new trees being donated by the Forestry Commission. The Lucombe Oak will be planted at Westpoint by the Commission’s chairman Sir Harry Studholme Bt DL.
Sir Harry, who also happens to be the Devon County Show’s new President said: “The Forestry Commission is celebrating its centenary with events all over the UK but I can think of nowhere more special or appropriate than the Devon County Show, to mark this prestigious year. The Forestry Commission planted its first trees in Devon at Eggesford Forest 100 years ago. So it seems fitting that we mark our centenary here in Devon and the County Show at Westpoint is the perfect place.”
Other trees being planted as part of the celebrations at the Show (taking place May 16-18) will be:

80 beech (of which 60 are Copper Beech
14 Honeysuckle
5 Spindle

Many of the trees have already been planted in what will be the County Show’s dedicated Hi-Line Country Life and Woodland Area. Some have been planted in such a way that they will provide new hedging at the showground.
Other celebrations to mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary will include a show ale – Forest Centenary Ale – being brewed specially for the occasion and for sale exclusively over the event. There’ll also be a campaign to find Devon’s favourite tree.

Sir Harry added: “As we face ever greater environmental challenges there has never been a more important time for the Forestry Commission. We look forward to sharing our message and news of our work ensuring our nation’s forests are resilient for generations to come. And to welcoming tree-lovers young and old at the Hi-Line Country Life and Woodland Area.”

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Fun Family Woodland Activities

Here at Hi-Line, we are experts at woodland management. From carrying out surveys to felling trees, we do it all, but what is woodland management actually for?
The management of our woodlands helps to maintain them so that future generations can enjoy them as much as we do. Today, it is about making sure that they continue to thrive and provide habitats for all of our wildlife and also be somewhere we can go to surround ourselves in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

With the imminent arrival of autumn, now is the perfect time for you and your family to head out and see how the changing seasons impact our woodland; from the changing colours of the leaves to the changing habits of our wildlife. There are so many different activities which you and your family can do, here are our favourites:


Walking is a great way to explore your local woodlands. If you are unsure of where you can go for a walk then check out the Woodland Trust’s page which has a map of all of their woodlands, which are free to visit, all you have to do is enter your postcode and it will find all the local woodlands to you. Just remember to wear suitable shoes and take waterproof coats!


This can be a great family activity, teaching your children all about wild foods and where to find them. It is always advisable to check whether you are allowed to forage as not every woodland owner allows it. There are lots of different wild foods which grow around Britain. You could find wild strawberries, blackberries and elderberries, all of which can be used to create delicious jams. Just make sure that you don’t over-forage, remember that these fruits and berries could also be eaten by wildlife and are very important!

Animal Spotting:

This is another fun activity to do with your children. Encourage them to look around and point out as many different wildlife species that they can find, perhaps they could make a list. There are many different species of mammals, birds, butterflies and more that live in our woodlands that they are sure to be kept busy for hours exploring and discovering.


Get creative whilst out and about by collecting small and available things which you can later compile into a scrapbook. Items such as leaves, flowers, bark, twigs and even your photographs of the woodland can be put together in a scrapbook and will be a constant reminder of your favourite woodland or the day that you spent there together. However, always remember to collect responsibly! Don’t take too much, disturb or damage the woodland, this can have bad consequences for the wildlife and plants that live there.

If you would like to talk about any woodland management issues, or get advice on a particular problem, then please get in touch with the Hi-Line team today and we will be happy to help.