Tag: timber treatment centre

500th load goes through our new Timber Treatment Centre

Less than 6 months since it became fully operational, this is the 500th load of timber being sent into our new fully automated Timber Treatment Centre, one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK. Built at a cost of £2.75 million, the new facility has dramatically increased the efficiency of our treatment… Read more »

Independence day? We have our own anniversary to celebrate!

It is 41 years to the day since the Evans Family of Bishop’s Castle stepped in to save the sawmill from bankruptcy. Alan Evans and his older brother Brian bought the mill for just £100 but along with the mill  came £1.5 million of debts to the bank and trade creditors. Every penny of that… Read 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 prior to delivery to the… Read 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 this logo to mark it…. Read 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 then down it came again. Even… Read more »

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 »

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 »