Timber product supplier Forest Garden defies recession to create jobs in Worcestershire

Forest Garden, the provider of timber products for the outdoors, is defying the cut-back culture of the recession to expand its facilities in Worcestershire.

Sales and marketing director John Gomersall said initial orders were up on predicted figures and expansion included creating around 20 more jobs at Hartlebury.

"We decided to centralise our manufacturing operations late last year, investing more than £2.5m to create an extra 10,700sq m of buildings and 10 acres (4ha) of stock storage.

"More than two-thirds of our Eardisley workforce, 35 miles away, transferred to the new site, which is operational. The jobs will help us meet this upturn in demand."

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consolidated its profit turnaround in 2008 and increased sales to £50m and the new facility should consolidate progress, he said.

"The additional capacity will allow us to flex our manufacturing facilities, ramping up production as and when required.

"It gives us a flexible operating model that will enable us to develop our offer for store and home-delivery services."

Meanwhile, Forest Garden has launched a grow-your-own collection that includes covered cold frames, slot-down and raised-frame vegetable beds in a variety of sizes.  It also includes timber sleepers and log edgings allowing customers freedom to build beds to suit their own requirements, as well as a simple composter. Prices start at £15.99.

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