Timber products expert GMG Energy has announced a boost to its environmental credentials by planting an additional 10,000 trees within its 400-acre reserve in the far north-east of Scotland, significantly surpassing industry norms of one-to-one replanting.
The firm’s progressive resource replenishment programme occurs at the Quintfall Forest, towards the east coast south of John O’Groats, which was acquired last year to safeguard future timber supplies and enhance resilience against market fluctuations.
Scottish forestry consultant, Donald McClelland, will oversee the reforestation efforts, leading a team to not only plant but also nurture the trees until maturity, projected in 35 years.
Malcolm Morrison, director of GMG Energy, said: “We are committed to replacing every log of timber that we use in our sawmill, biomass and timber products facility in the Strath of Halladale in Sutherland and this latest tranche of planting maintains that momentum.
“We are also dramatically reducing our reliance on diesel fuels with the recent installation of a solar array of more than 100 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the main production facility at the plant.
“Quintfall is just over 20 miles from our base of operation at Bighouse Farm, so it will not add to the road miles burden and planting there will chime with our wish to invest locally and provide a reliable resource for other local companies.”
The company, which has a turnover in the region of £2 million, has also installed a high-tech preservation tank which will provide treated and stress-tested timber products for local concerns which previously had to source supply from much further afield.
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