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AJS welcome MP and Confor to sawmill

Posted: 17th March 2017

A&J Scott were delighted to welcome MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, and Confor Chief Executive, Stuart Goodall, to our sawmill in Wooperton last week as part of National Apprentice Week. The ‘ladder of opportunity’ week celebrates the achievements of apprentices over the last decade and highlights the many apprenticeship routes available for young talent. A&J Scott Ltd are proud to have an apprenticeship scheme providing training to a very high standard over many years.

As well as being A&J Scott’s constituency MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan is a Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, where she works alongside Confor to promote the UK’s forestry sector. The MP’s visit with Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, tied in with a visit to the site of the proposed new woodland at nearby Doddington, where over 600,000 trees will be planted to create the largest new private sector woodland in England for more than 20 years. The 354 hectare site will provide flood mitigation measures and will sequester over 130,000 tonnes of CO2. The woodland will also provide an increased habitat to support a wide range of species of plant, bird and animal life. Supporting red squirrels will be a specific focus of the scheme, as the area is in the Kyloe red squirrel buffer zone.

Andrew Scott, Chairman of A&J Scott, said, “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Stuart Goodall to our sawmill to see the results of our substantial investment programme of recent years. As one of the UK’s leading independent sawmills and one of Northumberland’s larger private employers, we see investment in large scale commercial afforestation schemes as being essential for the long term sustainability of local forest industries."

Stuart Goodall, Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Andrew Scott              Anne-Marie Trevelyan with apprentices Jake Greenfell and Connor Tiffin

Our pictures show, left: Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confor, with Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP and Andrew Scott, Chairman, A&J Scott.

Right: Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with apprentices Jake Greenfell and Connor Tiffin