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Catch up with all the developments at Great Brtish Timber and Charles Ransford & Son Ltd.

Old meets new in a Volvo family reunion

On the left is a 1978 Volvo F88 which has been owned by the Evans family (who now own the mill) since new. It was used to haul timber for Ransfords and was enjoying its first run out in 2019 on a lovely April afternoon. Amazingly, the old Volvo came...(more)

April starts on a positive note

As we’ve already reported, we’ve had a really brisk start to 2019 and April is looking to be no exception. These seven trailers are all fully loaded with treated and untreated fencing and some untreated cladding ready for despatch to projects near and far. A great start to April for...(more)

A fantastic start to the year

After a really busy January and February here’s a cracking start to March as we load 7 trucks today for Monday delivery. This one is being loaded by Martin Jones with redwood posts all either pointed or weather topped. Fantastic!(more)

The finishing touches round the new Timber Treatment Centre

These pictures show the final stages in surfacing the area between the new Timber Treatment Centre and the Weighbridge. The new asphalt surface will help cope with 80,000 tons of logs which come into the yard every year…and also go out again as finished product. We also take in around 25,000 tons of bark each year to...(more)

Picture perfect acoustic fencing…despite the weather.

Work on improving the A465 or the Heads of the Valleys Road was first mooted as long ago as 1990 but not started until 2005. Almost 30 years after the need for improvement was indentified, it’s great to see this remarkable engineering project getting closer to final completion – and...(more)

A closer look inside our new Timber Treatment Centre

This sequence shows untreated timber being loaded outside the new Centre then being moved across the floor towards the autoclave. As the untreated timber enters the autoclave a treated load which has been ejected earlier and left to drain is moved back across the floor to exit and then be stacked...(more)

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

Nine months, thousands of man hours, tons of steel, and £2.75million after start it’s now possible to see our new Timber Treatment Centre doing exactly what it is designed to do in one of the last test runs before final commissioning. Watch carefully: as the untreated timber approaches the autoclave...(more)

The forestry century

This year sees the centenary of the passing of the first Forestry Act which established the Forestry Commission and, in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, recognised the strategic importance of forestry and home grown timber. Confor will be marking the centenary throughout the year and has produced...(more)