Today was probably the busiest day so far at the woodland on the Blenheim Estate where the OneOak has been growing for the last 160 years. Tomorrow will be even busier when the OneOak tree will be felled in front of 400 guests, including 250 primary school children and many of the future users of the tree’s wood.
Today, Forest Research got to work weighing some of the first branches to be removed from the tree. Demonstrators for tomorrow’s launch arrived to set up their tools and machinery, including a firewood processor and an oak cleaver. They will be amongst the first users to produce OneOak products.
BBC Oxford came to the site to interview some people involved in the project. The recordings will appear on BBC TV and Radio tomorrow. We expect other media to be present tomorrow to record the event.
The Oxfordshire Forest School Service have met together with the Blenheim Palace education team to plan the various educational activities for the 250 children attending.
Tomorrow will be a busy day!