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Wood on display at 2024 Fieldays Forestry Hub

1 June 2024

The Forestry Hub will return to Fieldays for its third consecutive year from 12-15 June 2024, showcasing how trees and wood are transforming New Zealand. Occupying site G80 at Fieldays, visitors will have the opportunity to explore more than 25 forestry-centric exhibits within the Hub. 

The forestry simulator will be back again this year, immersing job seekers into a virtual reality where they can experience what it’s like to operate machinery in a forest and explore the diverse range of careers the sector has to offer. Other attractions will include displays of innovative uses of wood, forestry machinery, the latest in forestry robotics, and a roving tractor called GOVOR. 

Crown Research Institute Scion will be on site demonstrating their 3D printer using forest-based biomaterials to print pinecones that visitors can take home. Visitors can speak with scientists about how they create renewable biomaterials and how these are turned into structures and objects using smart manufacturing processes.

Plenty will be on offer for families, too. Nature enthusiasts will be able to exercise their tree identification skills in the What Tree? challenge, and children wanting to try their hand at growing a tree will be able to take home a seedling.

A series of presentations across the four days will further enhance the learning experience of visitors to the Hub. Topics will range from planting alternative and native tree species, predator free initiatives, biodiversity within forests, wood processing and the burgeoning bioeconomy.

Visitors will get to speak to a range of representatives from small- and large-scale forest growing companies, wood processors, farm foresters, scientists, and not-for-profit groups, who will all be in attendance to answer questions and provide more information on forestry and wood processing in New Zealand. 

The Fieldays Forestry Hub has been an ongoing collaboration between Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, Forest Growers Levy Trust, Scion, New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, and the New Zealand Forest Owners Association since 2021. 

Visit the 2024 Fieldays Forestry Hub at site G80 from 12-15 June 2024 at the Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton. 

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Source and image credit: Fieldays

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