Category: News

The vital SpArC

Our Friends at the SpArC Gym and Swimming Pool here in Bishop’s Castle are sprucing up the area around their building so we were happy to help with the gift of some landscape materials. You can see our versatile local deliveries wagon unloading some bulk bags in the picture. For those who don’t know it… Read more »

Visit by Euroforest

It was good to welcome colleagues from Euroforest, one of our main suppliers of sawlogs, for a catch-up. Their visit came just in time to see the new post inciser and pointing line testing for the first time after a 6 month installation. The new equipment, which can incise, point and cut weather toppings should… Read more »

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY #5

Our mill is powered in part by a vast array of solar panels generating around 20% of the electricity we use. The sun that powered the growth of the trees thus powers the machinery in the sawmill.

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY #4

We mill the timber using some of the most advanced sawmilling technology in the UK enabling us to achieve the maximum yield of useable timber from every log.

The first post

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The construction of the new incisor and post pointing line is now virtually complete and this clip shows the very first post being pointed. A great day for Ransfords and a fantastic achievement by everyone who has been involved in the project.

New kit on the block

A new Volvo L120H has joined our team after an 18 month wait. These vehicles handle the co-products which arise from our sawmilling operation. In fact, 38% of what we cut ends up as sawdust, chip and bark which are sold on for a wide variety of uses. You can see the pride our operators… Read more »

How an old concrete floor becomes a new forest road

People who know Ransfords will know that we don’t waste anything*. We’re like the butcher using every part of the pig but the squeal – except the fact is we’d probably try to find a way to use the squeal. This picture shows the floor we’ve just dug out in the building where the new… Read more »

What a difference a day makes!

This is the new floor in the tray sorter area. The new tray sorter will sort, cut, and stack sleepers and gate posts which are at the larger and heavier end of our product range. The new system will be much more efficient and will also put an end to t…

A hive of activity

Scenes of feverish but well organised activity here as the concrete is poured for the new floor  in the building where the new tray sorter will be housed.. The new tray sorter will sort, cut, and stack sleepers and gate posts. These items are at the larger and heavier end of our product range so… Read more »

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY #3

Wherever possible we allow forests to regenerate naturally as shown here where new growth is coming from the seeds scattered by the trees that once stood here. On average, trees absorb one tonne of CO2 for every cubic metre of growth. They also produce the oxygen we breathe – an average of 727 kilograms of… Read more »

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY #3

Wherever possible we allow forests to regenerate naturally as shown here where new growth is coming from the seeds scattered by the trees that once stood here. On average, trees absorb one tonne of CO2 for every cubic metre of growth. They also produce the oxygen we breathe – an average of 727 kilograms of… Read more »

We’re cracking on!

Old floor dug out, new floor well on the way in the building where the new tray sorter will be housed.. The tray sorter will sort, cut, and stack sleepers and gate posts – items which are at the larger end of our production. It will make for a much more efficient operation but also… Read more »

Drum roll please for the next project!

Work has now started on the next phase of improvements. WBC are pictured here removing concrete ready for a new floor for the tray sorter. The tray sorter will sort, cut, and stack sleepers and gate posts – items which are at the larger end of our production. It’s all part of our continuing policy… Read more »

Work on the new post pointing line is coming on

This picture shows progress on installing the new inciser which will ensure that we can comply more efficiently with the Highways Agency treatment standard specifying that all timber such as posts in ground contact must be incised. The idea is that incised timber will absorb more treatment material deeper into the post. The new line… Read more »

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY: #2

We replant after felling with seedlings that are grown on specialist nurseries like this one from seed of native origin. Great British Timber is British from the very start.

Oh what a beautiful morning!

On mornings like this we’re simply glad we do what we do where we do it. Glorious!

Pay us a flying visit!

Our thanks to Martin Jones who works in our Timber Treatment Centre for this fly through the Mill.
The bird’s eye views in particular give a very clear idea of the size and scale of the operation.at the home of Great British Timber

Work is progressing nicely on our new line

We’re in the home straight now in the construction of the new incisor and post pointing line. The inciser has completed its journey from Oregon to Shropshire and the electricians are starting the process of making everything work.. We were delighted to receive this 3D render of the new line from manufacturer Kalfass over the… Read more »

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY: #1

Forestry and sawmilling are among the most sustainable activities in the UK economy. During the course of the year we aim to demonstrate 12 ways in which Ransfords plays its part. Here’s the first. We mill most of our timber from forests very close to home thus reducing timber miles. Wood from sustainably managed forests… Read more »