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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."
Harvesting Contractor: Even Forestry Ltd
Harvesting Manager: Ben Drake, EGGER Forestry Limited
Client / Owner: Tom Warde-Aldam
Crop Details: Predominately Scots Pine, with some Larch and Sitka Spruce
Products: Sawlogs to Taylormade Timber products, Sherburn Hill. Chipwood to EGGER Hexham
EGGER Forestry has carried out a number of clearfell and thinning operations over the last few years on the estate.
This operation is the third time the stand has been thinned with the aim of each intervention being improvement of the final crop.
As well as optimising the value recovery, EGGER Forestry minimizes its environmental impact on the site through the use of appropriate machines suitable for each operation and work with experienced contractors.
Comment from the client
"I have been able to develop a strong working relationship with EGGER Forestry over the last few years as they have successfully purchased standing timber on the estate. I have always found them to have a professional approach, be trustworthy and have flexibility in their payment terms."
Tom Warde-Aldam, Owner
Operation: Two harvesting sites within the Kidland forest which covers a wide range of site conditions, most of which includes very challenging terrain.
Harvesting Contractor: Walton Logging
Harvesting Manager: Ben Drake, EGGER Forestry Limited
Client: FIM / Tilhill
Volume: 30,000 tonnes
Crop Details: Sitka spruce. FSC 100%
Products: Saw logs for local sawmillers; Chipwood for EGGER Hexham.
EGGER Forestry has been operating consistently within the forest at Kidland for over 15 years and over this time has built up strong relationships with local forest managers.
The company has developed a specialism to plan and deliver safe harvesting operations whilst maximising the forest owners investment.
At the first harvesting site a cable based system was employed due to the ground being too steep to operate wheeled or tracked machines safely. At the second site purpose built wheeled machinery was used on the steep topography to harvest and extract the standing timber.
EGGER Forestry works within safe limits to maximise production whilst minimising operational costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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