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Wood theme at farm for Bank Holiday weekend

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The May Bank Holiday weekend 2013 sees a major focus on wood-related skills at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. 

The resident wheelwright, hurdle maker and bodger will be at work, producing items required for the maintenance of the farm’s machinery and vehicles, the management of stock, and the smooth running of the farm’s cottage. 

In addition, the Shropshire Woodcarvers will fill the farm‘s oak-framed New Barn entrance building with their exhibition and activities. 

Michael Turner, Acton Scott Farm’s manager, said:

“To bring so many people with a wide range of woodworking skills together over one weekend will be so exciting.  Wood offers so many possibilities for practical and decorative use, and is a natural and sustainable material too.  We’re delighted to be putting on this mini-fest of traditional woodworking skills.” 

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, which is operated by Shropshire Council, runs a number of trade and skills courses, a few of which focus on woodworking in different skills areas. 

Michael Turner said:

“Our courses programme covers a host of different subject areas from cooking to dry stone walling and, within these, wood-based crafts and skills are a key feature.  So, if visitors to our wood weekend get a taste for what they have seen, we have a number of opportunities on offer for them to have a go at themselves.” 

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm’s Wood Weekend runs from Saturday 4 May to Monday 6 May 2013. 

For the 2013 season, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 4.30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am – 5pm, through to 3 November (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays).  Each day on the farm is different, with a range of demonstrations and activities taking place alongside the necessary tasks that the land and stock require. 

There is plenty of free parking, a shop and an excellent café.  More details of the season can be found at www.actonscottmuseum.com.