A TIMBER processor in Troon is creating 25 new jobs following a new contract awarded by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS).

The contract supports the introduction of a third shift at Alexanders Timber Design generating 25 jobs at the Troon site they share with sister business, Glennon Brothers. It also secures the future of two local forestry contracting firms.

The agreement grants Glennon Brothers permission to fell diseased larch trees and spruce on FLS land near Cowal, Argyll and Bute.

The timber is then hauled by local timber haulage companies to Sandbank Pier and shipped to the Glennon Brothers sawmill in Troon, before being processed into a range of fencing and construction products.

Alex Murray, forestry manager at Glennon Brothers, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the new FLS contract to fell larch and spruce trees in Cowal, creating new jobs and securing others for local people.

“The contract is a welcome addition to Scotland’s expanding forestry industry, and ensures that timber grown and processed here in Scotland is used around the UK to support key critical sectors like the housing market.”