Tag: Ransfords

No part of the log shall be wasted

This is almost an 11th commandment for people in the timber trade and it’s as important to Ransfords as anyone. The more material we recover from every tree felled the more efficient we are and the more competitive we can be. This short clip shows small diameter round wood (the thinner part at the top… Read more »

An astonishing transformation

These two aerial view of our Bishop’s Castle sawmill were taken about 50 years apart in the 1960’s and earlier this year. We’ve circled two points common to each to help you get orientated. They’re about all that remain of the original buildings. The rest in the modern picture is the result of well over… Read more »

Big thinking in Southampton

At their highest, these acoustic fencing panels stand 12 metres tall. Designed to reduce the impact of noise from a new warehouse development on the residential properties shown in the picture, the fencing was installed by Procter Fencing Systems, one of the most respected fencing installation companies in the UK and long-standing customer of Ransfords…. Read more »

Keeping it very local

The larch posts on this wagon were cut from one of our own forest holdings at Aberhosen in Powys which is just up the road from us here in Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. On their way down from there they will have driven past the site of the new by-pass at Newtown, Powys which is where,… Read more »

The new Timber Treatment Centre from the air

When the autoclave was craned into our new Timber Treatment Centre last week it was quite spectacular: a crane rated  with a lifting capacity of 400 tons hoisting a 52 ton object through the building frame and placing it exactly in position 16 metres away. Hats off to Sam Cook of Tremio Aerial Photography who flew the… Read more »

Big lifts, with more to come

Nine weeks almost to the day since the first structural steel arrived on site the huge tanks which will store the chemicals used in our new Timber Treatment Centre have been hoisted into place. Next to go in will be the massive autoclave, the vessel into which the timber is placed for treatment under extremely high pressure. We’ll… Read more »

A red letter day in the history of our sawmill

On the 4th July 1978 Alan and Brian Evans stepped in to save the Bishop’s Castle sawmill of Charles Ransford & Son Ltd which was on the verge of bankruptcy. At that time the mill employed over 120 people, all of them local and had the mill gone all of those jobs would have gone with… Read more »

A hive of concrete pouring activity

This is the scene at our new Timber Treatment Centre today as the mixer wagons arrive to pour the concrete floor. It’s a pivotal moment in the construction: once the floor is set we can get on with the process of installing the autoclave, other equipment and the services which will make this one of the… Read more »

Glad to be a sponsor of the Long Mynd Batch Burner

The Long Mynd Batch Burner is a 48 kilometre mountain bike challenge which has become a mainstay of the mounting biking calendar. The event is designed to test the mettle of any mountain biker – and to raise money for Norbury Primary School, a tiny rural school located behind the Mynd. This year’s Batch Burner… Read more »