Timber tourism is go

TIMBER tourists have proved it’s okay to be a lumberjack as figures reveal that Kielder Water & Forest Park has hit its highest ever timber output.

Last year the Forestry Commission took people behind the scenes in the 62,000 hectare Northumberland wilderness to watch tree being felled by huge harvesting machines.

Nearly all the tours were sold out and forest chiefs are back with another series of working forest visits this summer.

They take place on Tuesdays from July 26 to August 30, but places are limited and booking is required on 01434 250209.

About 440,000 tonnes of timber will be produced in Kielder this year - 25 percent of all the timber harvested in England.

Tours last from 2pm to 4pm and £10 per person, including minibus transport to the site.