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THE ARRAN BANNER 20 YEARS AGO

Saturday June 21, 1997

Big chop

Clear felling of Arran’s timber began this week. In prospect for many years as the plantations of coniferous trees approached maturity, there has been felling on a small scale for some time. this was mainly thinning and opening up roads to gain access for the main timber extraction. Now chopping down trees has begun in earnest and export of timber will become a regular feature of the island.

A nine-year contract has been acquired by Wilson’s Sawmills in Troon. Arran’s timber will be taken by lorry to Market Road in Brodick and loaded onto a barge which will then be towed directly to the sawmill. These mature trees will be cut into planks to be used for housing timber, making pallets and the residue will probably end up in the pulp mill.

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