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

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)

Beating those dreary wet winter Sunday blues

We’ve all experienced those dreary wet winter Sundays which seem to stretch on for ever. Our Operations Director beat one like that yesterday by visiting our forestry holding near Aberhosan which we are currently harvesting with MG Harvesting and Euroforest. The rain stopped just long enough to take these pictures.. and...(more)

The first test load in our new Timber Treatment Centre

Almost 7 months to the day since work started, this video shows the first test load starting its journey through our new fully automated Timber Treatment Centre. It’s another exciting milestone in the project which will dramatically improve the efficiency and efficacy of our treatment. More details to follow!(more)

It’s that time of year again!

Each year it’s a pleasure and a privilege for us to supply a tree from one of own forests to our home town of Bishop’s Castle. It needs to be sizeable to make its presence felt next to the historic Town Hall – an 18th Century Grade II* Listed Building which dominates...(more)