The contract supports the introduction of a third shift at Alexanders Timber Design, generating 25 new jobs at the Troon site they share with sister business, Glennon Brothers.

It also secures the future of two local forestry contracting firms. The new contract 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.

Stress-graded timber is then processed by Alexanders Timber Design, for use in timber frame house kits for the UK’s affordable housing market.

“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,” said Alex Murray, forestry manager at Glennon Brothers.

The contract also secures the future of two Argyll-based forestry contracting firms, AMAC Harvesting Ltd and Gary Anderson Forestry who fell the trees from the FLS site.