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It’s the early bird that catches the worm

You can see daylight arriving in these shots from our very early delivery to a site near Hull. It’s one of two loads of Highways treated post and rail fencing going in today. We and our customers have had a really busy start to the year…and long may that  continue for us all!

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It’s an ill wind….

  …that blows no-one some good. This visiting crane wagon was delayed on his travels today and arrived at the mill too late for it to go further tonight. We always try to help drivers when we can: the place wouldn’t function without them so we were happy to grant a favour and let him…

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Local forest, local logs, local timber – all cut and treated by local people

Remember that timber from Bury Ditches harvested and hauled to the mill by local firms? It’s now been transformed in our mill from round bits to square bits and here it is going in for treatment to prolong its serviceable life. It’s all thanks to some very impressive machinery, equally impressive systems, and a team…

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An owl’s eye view of our mill

We’re grateful as ever to AW Jenkinson driver Ray Powell for these stunning drone images of our mill at night just before we switch off all but the security lights. That’s Ray’s rig towards the bottom of the top image with a load of logs coming into the mill. The pictures here and others we’ve…

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More on the harvesting at Bury Ditches

Here are some more images from the harvesting going on at Bury Ditches. The GIF show the location and the logs being loaded to go to the mill. The last frame is a justifiably happy Simon Flack of SJF Timber as another load goes on its way The video shows Simon bringing logs up to…

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Important changes to local firewood sales

The Following is Effective from 22nd January 2024 FIREWOOD SALES: DUE TO AN ON-SITE SAFETY POLICY REVIEW we will no longer sell LOOSE MANUALLY LOADED (into car boots) firewood from our site on weekdays (Mon-Fri) Sales will be restricted to Saturday mornings between 8.00am and 12.00 noon. There will be access only for Commercial vehicles…

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Local heroes

We’re back at work today and what better way to start the year than with the delivery of a load of logs from Bury Ditches which is within sight of the Mill. The logs are from a Forestry Commission holding near the ancient fort. They were harvested by SJF Forestry of Minsterley near here and…

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Back to work on Monday – and ready to go

The mill re-opens on Monday 8th January after a break for the holidays and the chance to catch up on some much-needed maintenance. We’re more than ready for action with vast stockpiles of logs waiting to go through the mill. The logs in the picture will keep us going for a day. All of the…

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Great feedback from a firewood customer

It was heartening to receive this message in an email to Alice on the weighbridge here “Good morning Alice, Just a quick line to acknowledge safe receipt of our logs yesterday and to give acknowledgement to Ron’s excellent service. Offloading the first four bags outside my garage on the ‘short’ drive was simple enough, but…

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Let’s hear it for Great British Timber

Watch out for our new pack signs which bang the drum for our home grown timber as loads make their way from our mill in Bishop’s Castle to various parts of the UK. Forestry and sawmilling is worth £2 billion each year to the UK economy and creates around 80,000 jobs – mostly in rural…

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Untreated tree posts in next to no time!

At Ransfords we take some pride in being responsive to customer needs. Sometimes that’s a challenge but we do our best. This little clip shows just one example!

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When log delivery becomes an emergency service!

The Wintels is a small development by The Living Village Trust on the edge of Bishop’s Castle. The Trust’s stated aim is to work with land owners, community groups, inspired individuals and enlightened developers to create great places to live rather than soulless housing estates. Environmental considerations are at the heart of all their work….

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