From sapling to sawmill

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

A spe­cial event will be held next month to ex­am­ine the jour­ney taken by tim­ber.

The Farm Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice, which is de­liv­ered by ex­perts from SAC Con­sult­ing, part of Scot­land’s Ru­ral Col­lege (SRUC), will host a “Sapling to Sawmill” event at 1pm on Tues­day, Jan­uary 22 at Town­head Sawmill, New Abbey.

Op­er­ated by James Kin­gan and Sons, David Kin­gan will lead a tour of the sawmill, which sup­plies a wide range of fenc­ing tim­ber, tim­ber for farm build­ings and pal­let wood and can also cut to or­der.

This event will show how a range of tim­ber prod­ucts can be cut from a tree and their value.

Peo­ple will be able to see first-hand what a ma­jor, lo­cal, tim­ber buyer – par­tic­u­larly from farms and es­tates – is look­ing for in terms of qual­ity.

Wood­land con­sul­tant at SAC Con­sult­ing and or­gan­iser of the events, Stephen Ad­lard, said: “This ‘Sapling to Sawmill’ event will pro­vide farm­ers and es­tate own­ers an ex­cel­lent in­sight into the en­tire tim­ber process. It will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers to look at the po­ten­tial of forestry as a di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion op­tion.”

Places are free but must be booked in ad­vance via the FAS web­site or by phon­ing the SAC Con­sult­ing Dum­fries of­fice on 01387 261 172.

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