SUBSTANTIAL investment has been made in the buildings of Woodland Heritage’s Whitney Sawmills. 

A new reception, the conversion of an air-drying store for timber and the extension of a vacated space were among the works recently completed at the Herefordshire mill. 

With the project called ‘Whitney Sawmills: Sawing to new Heights’, it was boosted by a grant under the Rural Development Programme England (RDPE) Growth Programme of £59,459, which is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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The aim of the investment is to increase the volume and value of largely UK-grown timber that is milled and sold at Whitney Sawmills, the mill carrying Grown in Britain certification. 

Visitors to Whitney Sawmills can now drive straight on to the site, with both the new office and the dried timber store either side of an improved parking area.

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One of the conditions of the grant aid was that two new posts should be created, which due to increased demand have been brought forward ahead of the initially planned date. 

A timber sales coordinator role was filled in September last year, with a trainee sawyer starting this spring.