Forestry Case Studies

Timber Harvesting

The following are a number of contracts that EGGER Forestry has carried out. Each one shows a different aspect to our Harvesting business and highlights a variety of operations.

West Scotland - case study video

East Strone

East Strone sits 250 m above sea level
Operation: Clearfell
Equipment: John Deere 1470e Harvester, Komatsu 865 Forwarder
Harvesting Contractor: G.J Sheppard Ltd.
Harvesting Manager: Andy Powell  MICFor, EGGER Forestry Ltd
Forest Owner: FIM
Volume: 16,000 t per annum (4 years)
Crop Details: Sitka spruce. FSC ® 100%
Products: Oversize logs for Auchengate Sawmill Ltd, Troon; Green sawlogs for Glennon Brothers, Ireland; chipwood for EGGER (UK) Limited Barony.

East Strone sits 250 m above sea level and forms part of the extensive Cowal forest in Argyll.

The site has a number of challenges being predominantly peaty, mean annual rainfall is 3,000 mm and the open westerly aspect is prone to exposed growing conditions and damage from wind.

"In the last few years EGGER forestry has proven themselves to be a reliable, efficient and a competitive, company who manage their operations to a very high standard. FIM look forward to continue working with them in the future."

Colin Lees-Millais FIM

South Scotland - case study video

Tamshiel Rig

Tamshiel Rig
Operation: Thinning
Equipment: John Deere 1170e Harvester, Komatsu 840 Forwarder
Harvesting Contractor: Even Forestry Limited
Harvesting Manager: Ben Drake, EGGER Forestry Ltd
Managing Agent: Forest Enterprise, Scotland
Volume: 1,400 t
Crop Details: Sitka spruce, larch. FSC ® 100%
Products: Primary fencing, palletwood and residual chipwood for EGGER.

This thinning operation is part of a five year contract and covers Nithsdale and the Borders and will support the growth of the Scottish Forestry sector.

"EGGER Forestry was awarded this contact after a competitive process of tender and interview. Their submission was of a high quality and provided good evidence of their competence to carry out these important thinning operations. We look forward to working in partnership with them."

Neil Murray, Area Operations Manager, Forest Enterprise Scotland




South Scotland
Operation: Spruce and Larch Clearfell
Equipment: John Deere 1270 harvester and 1510 Forwarder
Harvesting Contractor: Allan Cartner
Forest Owner: Flynn Forestry
Volume: 12,500m3
Crop Details: 40 year old Sitka spruce and Hybrid larch
Products: Logs, short log, bars, fencing and chipwood

"For a number of years we have experienced a very good relationship with EGGER Forestry Harvesting.
 
This is the first time that harvesting by EGGER has been carried out in one of our forests where they also now provide a Forest Management service.
 
We have identified savings in this arrangement, such as reduction in supervision costs."

Mr Flynn (Owner)


North Northumberland - case study video

Whitestones Dipper

Whitestones Dipper
Operation: Clearfell
Equipment: John Deere 1270e 8WD Harvester, John Deere 1510e Forwarder
Harvesting Manager: Ben Drake, EGGER Forestry Ltd
Forest Owner: Forestry Commission
Volume: 24,028 m3
Crop Details: Sika spruce, lodgepole pine
Products: Sawlogs and pallet logs for local sawmills, chipwood for EGGER

The clearfell site of Whitestones Dipper is located in Harwood Forest, Northumberland. EGGER Forestry has worked within Harwood Forest for a number of years and has a very good working relationship with the Forestry commission and the local managers. The forestry commission recognise the high standard of harvesting work we carry out, in conjunction with our contractors.




North Northumberland
Operation: Steep Ground Clearfell 
Equipment: Mounty 4000 skyline with a Woody 60 harvester head
Harvesting Contractor: Dewi Williams 
Forest Owner: Forestry Commision (N England) 
Volume: 2,000m3 per annum (5 years) 
Crop Details: 44 years old Sitka spruce 
Products: Sawlogs, pallet logs and chipwood

"Steep ground operations continues to provide additional challenges to our industry and requires a strong commitment from all parties involved. 
 
EGGER Forestry along with Dewi Williams have shown the type of commitment needed to carry out these operations in a safe and environmentally sensitive way."
 

David Woodhouse, Forest Enterprise
 (N England)

Yorkshire

Allerthorpe Wood

Yorkshire Case Study



Operation:
 Thinning for continuous cover forest operator selection with a crown reduction of 30%
Equipment: Ponnse Fox Harvester Buffalo Forwarder
Harvesting Contractor: Dukes & Son Forestry
Forest Owner: Forestry Commission (Yorkshire)
Volume: 3,500m3
Crop Details: 50 year old Scots and Corsican pine
Products: Sawlogs, pallet logs and chipwood


"In continuous cover forestry it is important to harvest the right amount of trees at the right time.
EGGER Forestry bought a standing sales from us at Allerthorpe Wood, and  Dukes and Sons carried out the operation professionally, timeously and to our specification"


Nick Short, Forest Enterprise (Yorkshire)


Forest Management

The following are a number of forests under EGGER Forest Management. Each one depicts a different aspect to our forest management business, highlighting varying types of forest and a wide geographic location.

South West Scotland - case study video

East Ayrshire

East Ayrshire
Property: Sorn Estate, East Ayrshire
Client / Owner: Sorn Estate
EGGER Forest Manager: Sam Booth/Katherine Evans-Smith
Area: 56 hectares
Woodland details: Woodland creation of productive conifer and non-productive native broadleaves.

Summary of management objectives:

As part of a diverse rural estate seeking to evolve to meet varied objectives, 56 hectares of former grazing land have been planted following assessment that forestry can provide a better economic return than farming.

In order to receive funding to create a multi-purpose productive conifer woodland, EGGER Forestry has undertaken the necessary planning and design work to gain approval from Forestry Commission Scotland. The scheme required consideration of a number of habitat sensitivities, needing expert knowledge to aid the design process. Following approval of the scheme EGGER Forestry has implemented and supervised all works, including vegetation control, ground preparation, fencing and planting, to ensure compliance with the UK Forestry Standard. The completed project has provided the landowner with a net positive cash flow and a woodland designed to create a varied habitat as well as a source of income in the future.

“EGGER Forestry has taken us through the very complicated grant application process and dealt with the environmental and ecological studies involved.” Nick Wright, Owner’s Agent.

Northumberland

Deborah Plantation

Northumberland
Property: Deborah Plantation
Client / Owner: Mr. Smedley
EGGER Forest Manager: Dave Robson
Area: 27 ha
Crop Details: A diverse mix including Douglas fir, Scots pine, mixed conifer and native broadleaves.

Summary of management objectives:
  • Maximize financial return of investment
  • Maintain and improve capital value
  • Enhance and increase wildlife habitats through further diversification

"A close working relationship with my Forest Manager is important to me.

David Robson has managed my forest for a number of years, so when he joined EGGER early in 2014, I was keen to retain his services.

My move to EGGER provides me with the continuity and sound practical advice that I require."

Mr. G Smedley, Deborah Plantation Owner

South Scotland

Berrybush

South Scotland
Property: Berrybush
Client / Owner: Shillofad Limited
EGGER Forest Manager: Gavin Mann
Area: 710 ha
Crop Details: Predominantly Sitka spruce with other conifer and broadleaves.

Summary of management objectives:
  • Maximize regular financial return from the commercial crop through the restructuring process whilst demonstrating sound silvicultural practice.
  • Satisfy the requirements of the UKFS and UKWAS
  • Maintain or improve the long term productivity and capital value of the woodland
  • Protect and enhance all archaeological, biodiversity, cultural and landscape features, especially those of significance within the property

"In late 2013 we learnt that EGGER was planning to provide Forest Management Services and that Gavin Mann and Sam Booth were joining the company.
 
Having had a good working relationship with Gavin and Sam, we felt that it was in our best interests to maintain continuity of their Forest Management."
 

Mr. T Mucklow (Owner)

Integrated Harvesting and Forest Management

The following are a number of contracts that have been carried out under EGGER Forestry Limited. Each one shows a different aspect to our forest management and harvesting operations.


West Scotland - case study videos

The Kilmichael Woodlands (535 ha) comprises of Dunamuck Woodlands (241 ha) and Prince of Wales Woodlands (181 ha). They are located between Lochgilphead and Kilmartin in Argyll.

The woodlands were planted over an extended period between 1959 and 1994 and are at various stages of restructuring with second rotation crops well established.

The woodlands are certified under the EGGER Forestry Resource Manager Scheme.

Dunamuck Woodlands

The mixed conifer clearfell is a complex site
Operation: Mixed conifer clearfell
Harvesting Contractor: Dick Brothers Limited
Harvesting Manager: Andy Powell MICFor, EGGER Forestry Ltd
Forest Owner: Professor Roger Williams
Forest Managing Agent: Gavin Mann MICFor, EGGER Forestry Limited
Volume: 1700t
Crop Details: Sitka spruce, larch, noble and grand fir, lodgepole pine, Norway spruce and western hemlock. FSC 100%
Products: Mixed conifer oversized logs for Auchengate Sawmill Limited, Troon; Green spruce sawlogs, Glennon Brothers, Ireland; chipwood for EGGER (UK) Limited Barony; Fuelwood for Land Energy, Girvan.

The mixed conifer clearfell is a complex site which involved harvester and forwarder with high-lead winch work on steep slopes and rocky outcrops.

The dismantling and controlled felling of edge trees within close proximity to residential dwellings was planned and supervised by the Forest Manager in parallel with the harvesting operation.

"I am delighted that EGGER Forestry has helped me realise the potential of my forestry investment through their professional and determined approach to a very complicated site."

Professor Roger Williams



Prince of Wales Woodlands

A major upgrade of the forest road was required to serve the timber harvesting operation.
Operation: Sitka spruce clearfell
Harvesting Contractor: Dick Brothers Limited
Harvesting Manager: Andy Powell MICFor, EGGER Forestry Ltd
Forest Managing Agent: Gavin Mann MICFor, EGGER Forestry Limited
Volume: 800 t
Crop Details: Sitka spruce. FSC 100%
Products: Oversize logs to Auchengate Sawmill Limited, Troon; Green spruce sawlogs to Glennon Brothers, Ireland; chipwood to EGGER (UK) Limited, Barony.

Upon appointment as Forest Managers a review of the approved forest plan was undertaken and an additional 10 ha were brought forward by 14 years in the felling programme to help the owner meet his financial objectives.

A major upgrade of the forest road was required to serve the timber harvesting operation. This involved the cutting back of roadside vegetation, reshaping the formation, cleaning side drains and laying locally sourced stone over 2.2 km.

"I am delighted that EGGER Forestry has helped me realise the potential of my forestry investment through their professional and determined approach to a very complicated site."

Professor Roger Williams