Category: Ransfords acoustic fencing

The resaw at Ransfords – a longstanding workhorse

We’ve been talking a lot about our new machinery lately but here’s a clip of a longstanding workhorse. This EWD twin band resaw beavers away every working day cutting big blocks of 3.7m Spruce which are eventually transformed into feather …


In our business we’re used to taking the long view. A commercial forest like this one can take over 50 years to come to maturity from time of first planting – and it’s entirely dependent on nature delivering the goods. We take the same long-term view when it comes to growing our business: constantly investing… Read more »

A woven fence to confuse the bats at Mellington Hall

At Mellington Hall, the hotel and caravan park owned by the family that own Ransfords, there is a sizeable and very healthy population of bats. It’s not surprising: Mellington Hall stands in over 200 acres of park and farmland a mile from the nearest road so is a perfect environment for insect seeking bats. In… Read more »

During half term it’s all hands to the pump…

…or perhaps we should say all hands to the log grab. Just visible in the cab is our Operations Director Alistair who, thanks to the half term holiday, was the only qualified one around to unload a trailer full of logs when they arrived at the mill. The irregular shape and size of the logs… Read more »

Kallfass get straight to the point

The makers of our new automatic post pointing line have written an extensive study of the project on their website here. The new Kallfass line is now fully operational and has made a huge difference both in terms of the speed and accuracy of the process itself and in virtually eliminating manual handling of these very… Read more »

Just great to see our investment working

These pictures show the new incising and post pointing line in full swing. In the one above, the posts have been through the inciser and are on their way to being precision pointed. The picture below gives an idea of the consistency with which the new line works: a pack of perfectly pointed posts uniformly… Read more »

Real progress now being made on our new line

The new line to handle and sort larger items in our product range such as gate posts and sleepers is coming on well. While the mill was closed last week for our summer shut down some of the team kept working . This picture shows, at top, the the CNC cross cut saw which will… Read more »


We don’t waste any raw materials. Logs that come into the yard which are not good enough to mill for timber are chipped, dried, and used to run the boilers which provide heat for the kilns, heating, chip, and firewood drying processes in a virtuous en…

How to make an acoustic fencing panel in under 60 seconds

Ransfords are UK market leaders in the manufacture of acoustic fencing panels to reduce the impact of traffic and other noise on people living close to roads or commercial activity. Whilst almost every part of the mill is fully automated, the panels are still made by hand simply because there are so many variations in… Read more »


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.

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…

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 »

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 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 »

Our new line is coming together nicely

As you can see from this image we’ve made huge strides in setting out the new lines for adding various added-value finishes to posts from 75mm to 200mm. There’s still a lot to do and even more equipment to arrive – but we’re ge…

Now this is what you call a full load

We set great store here by being as efficient as we can with our deliveries. A full wagon load is an efficient wagon load: good for the environment and sound business sense. Even we were surprised however by this beauty: 43 cubic metres of air dried timber ready for delivery in a covered trailer to… Read more »

3 nations timber – and a pat on the back

Here’s a sight for sore eyes: a full load of Welsh Larch that has been cut at our sawmill in England ready for delivery to a customer in Scotland. Talk about Great British Timber! On the subject of delivery, it was really good to receive this feedback from a customer in Somerset yesterday: “We just… Read more »

This is what we do…

When people new to sawmilling ask us what we do at Ransfords we have a standard answer which is perfectly demonstrated in this picture: we take round logs and turn them into rectangular-shaped lengths of timber. The trailer on the left has a nice load of 4.9m redwood logs from Savernake Forest to the south… Read more »

Ransfords from the air

One of things that visitors coming to the sawmill for the first time comment on is the sheer buzz of the place: there’s always something going on as the we take logs in, process them, and then send the finished timber products on their way. One important feature of that process is that nothing in… Read more »