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Our Forests

All of our timber is sourced from our forests located in Argyll which are home to a vast selection of native wild life; Red deer, Roe deer, Buzzards, Golden Eagles, Black Grouse, Red Throated Divers, Pine Martens to name just a few.

The Cowal Way follows a route running the length of Argyll’s Cowal peninsula. It starts in the south-west at Portavadie and at its start runs through Ardmarnock Forest. Our forest is sustainably managed and we take great pride in the quality of the timber grown there. The majority of our timber is Sitka Spruce with some Larch. Sitka Spruce, or given its Latin name, Picea sitchensis, is a large coniferous evergreen tree growing to 50–70 m tall, and with a trunk diameter of up to 5m. It is the largest species of spruce and the fourth largest conifer in the world. It gets its name from the community of Sitka, Alaska. For all of our products we use seasoned Spruce.

Interesting Sitka Spruce facts:

· Apart from its use for biomass wood fuel, due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, the wood is also an important material for sailing boat and aircraft wing spars.
· The Wright brothers’ Flyer was built using Sitka Spruce; Sitka was also used as a substitute for strategically important aluminium.
· Its regular, knot-free rings make it an excellent conductor of sound and it is often used in piano, harp, violin, and guitar manufacture.
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