Tilhill Forestry claims contract wins after re-entering landscape market

Tilhill Forestry has re-entered the landscape market following its acquisition by the BSW Timber Group.

Tilhill soft landscaping work at Thannington Park in Canterbury, Kent. Image: Tilhill
Tilhill soft landscaping work at Thannington Park in Canterbury, Kent. Image: Tilhill

Previous parent company, the Finish forest industry giant UPM, was keen for Tilhill to focus on its core forestry business and sold its landscaping operations to Ground Control in 2012.

But following the sale to BSW on 1 September 2015, the company has decided on a change of direction.

Experienced contract managers, James Langdon and Chris Williams returned to Tilhill at the start and at the end of 2016 respectively and have since won a number of contracts.

These include an extensive soft landscaping scheme for a Pentland Properties housing development at Thannington Park, in Canterbury, Kent, which includes screening, planting, mitigation planting and ecological planting, which is currently on site.

Tilhill, which won several BALI Awards In the past, now offers a range of landscaping disciplines including environmental mitigation. It is also been approved for The National Highways Sector Scheme 18, which allows it to do work for Highways England including tree planting hedging fencing works habitat restoration, creation and mitigation site clearance, maintenance, park restoration and grassland creation.

Managing director George McRobbie said: "We have a great deal of experience in landscaping going back many years and we had retained several experienced managers who are now very keen to see a successful re-launch of this part of the business.

"With planners wanting more open space and sustainable villages alongside the need to incorporate landscaping schemes into urban developments, we could see that there was a demand for the type of expertise we can offer. I am delighted that we have already completed and won several prestigious contracts."

Tilhill Forestry was established nearly 70 years ago and now has a network of offices throughout the UK. BSW’s UK sawmill employs more than 1,200 people. Established in 1848, it has seven UK sawmills and one in Latvia, has a production capacity of more than 1.2 million sqm of sawn timber which is used in construction, fencing and landscaping. 

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