Category: timber treatment

One for Foden fans

Here’s a sight for sore eyes for anyone interested in older vehicles. The top picture is taken in the 1950s and is a Foden then owned and operated by Ransfords. We think it’s carrying a load of pit props which was a staple product of the mill in those days and for many years after…. Read more »

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Treatment Centre Update

Hard to believe that our fully automated treatment building has been up and running for almost five years now. The first picture shows the facility under construction exactly five years ago and alongside it the building now from the same spot. In that time we have processed thousands of loads of timber in what to… Read more »

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“Seeing the wood for the trees” report calls for more action on domestic tree planting and timber production

Not only are trees and woodlands vital to the provision of timber, but creating new woodland is also widely agreed to be crucial for the UK to meet its 2050 net zero target and nature recovery targets, says the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, members of which visited Ransfords earlier this year during its… Read more »

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When the chips are down you can count on Ransfords

What more effective or attractive way to enhance the setting for an outdoor wedding than dressing uneven ground with woodchips? This Welshpool couple had exactly that idea when the time came to erect the marquee for their recent nuptials. The ground on which the marquee was to stand had been churned up by heavy vehicles… Read more »

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Read all about it!

We’re in Fencing and Landscaping News this month talking about the significant investments we’ve made in the business recently. It’s quite a story which you can read on the magazine’s blog here.
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The snapper snapped!

We’ve all enjoyed the stunning images shared with us by AW Jenkinson driver Ray Powell. We managed to turn the tables on him at the mill so here is in the one of our sheds loading up some of our Welsh Larch cladding for a delivery to Scotland. We had to work quickly mind you:… Read more »

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House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee visit Ransfords

Great to welcome members of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee to the home of Great British Timber today as part of their inquiry into sustainable timber in the UK and the UK’s contribution to global deforestation. The inquiry is investigating how the UK, which imports most of its timber, can best scale up… Read more »

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As were saying about the importance of forestry and sawmilling…

Here’s another illustration of the importance of forestry and sawmilling – not only to the nation but also to its rural areas. This picture is taken above our sawmill in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire. In the last few years over £25 million has been invested here to make it one of the most efficient mills of… Read more »

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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 …

It’s taken a year but it’s well worth the time and effort

Our new tray sorter for heavy items like gate posts is now up and running almost exactly 12 months after we started preparing the ground. Click below to check it out….
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Chris Offa becomes a Ransfords director

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Chris Offa from Sales Manager to Sales Director and his appointment as a director of the company. Chris joined Ransfords in February 2013 and has been instrumental in transforming the company’s sales efforts over that period. “Our business has enjoyed a sustained period of growth in the… Read more »

It’s that wagon…and that man again!

We posted the other day about a load of beech coming into us from Savernake Forest. The AW Jenkinson driver who dropped that load off was Ray Powell…the same Ray Powell who brought logs into us yesterday and took a load of posts back to Cornwall for us to be delivered this morning. Ray’s a… Read more »

A rapid response thanks to our flexible friends

Yesterday was our first day back at work so it was nice to hear from a customer who wanted a load of posts. Trouble was that they were needed in Cornwall this week! As luck would have it we had a log wagon in the yard unloading, so, we loaded it up with the posts… Read more »

New firewood from an ancient forest

This load of Beech was delivered to us just before Christmas courtesy of Euroforest and AW Jenkinson and their driver Ray. The logs will be turned into kiln dried firewood in very short order. The load is especially interesting since it comes from Savernake Forest which covers around 4,500 acres in Wiltshire – and has… Read more »

Alex keeps up the tradition

This picture shows Alex Evans, who has recently obtained his HGV licence, about to deliver some local orders for Ransfords. Hats off to him for the qualification, and for becoming the first of the fifth generation of the Evans family to get behind the wheel in this way. Alex follows his father, Alistair, his grandfather… Read more »

Round to square and back again!

Most of our time at the sawmill is spent turning round logs into square bits of useful timber. However, sometimes we need to make the square bits round again! This video shows you how we do it….

TWELVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY #12

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 »