Forestry deal

BSW Timber acquires Maelor ahead of big push in Scotland

ForestryBSW Timber has, acquired Maelor Forest Nurseries which is planning expansion in the north of Scotland. It currently sells 30 million trees a year to customers throughout the UK and Europe.

Maelor, based on the Welsh Borders, is also heavily involved in scientific research associated with the production of improved tree stock with enhanced genetics.

Its work has been supported over many years by a close working relationship with Tilhill Forestry, also part of the BSW Group, the largest integrated forestry business in the UK. It is a family-owned business that has four main operating divisions: forestry, sawmilling, timber manufacturing and energy.

Tony Hackney, chief executive of the Berwickshire-based business, said: “This is a significant acquisition both for the BSW Group and the forest industry as a whole. Maelor’s strength lies in bringing quality home grown trees to the market and for providing a platform for the research involved in ensuring a sustainable supply of better quality trees for the future.

“This acquisition is  a key component of BSW’s vision for the future of forestry and its strategy of vertical integration providing high quality resultant timber products. We are really looking forward to working with Mike and his team and exploring areas for potential growth”

Maelor managing director Mike Harvey said: “I am delighted that the future of Maelor Forest Nurseries Holdings Ltd has been secured. This is an extremely exciting step in the history of the company and one that is going to bring a multitude of benefits to not only our existing customers but forestry as a whole. In particular, we can now press ahead with our expansion plans and increase production.  The forest industry can consider that, as of today, the future of commercial trees as its key commodity is now significantly healthier.”

Burges Salmon was among the advisers to BSW Timber.

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