His Majesty King Charles III visited James Jones & Sons. Aboyne sawmill earlier this month to commemorate the completion of the sawmill’s extensive, five year, £15 million redevelopment programme.
His Majesty first visited the sawmill in 1999 when he was Prince of Wales and many employees are still with the company today to witness his second visit to the site.
During the visit His Majesty was given a tour of the site, including the mill’s flood defence system, timber processing plant and the kilns, before being introduced to a number of long-standing employees, apprentices and student placements. His Majesty then signed the company’s visitor book and unveiled a plaque that marked the occasion before being presented with an engraved wooden bowl.
Tom Bruce-Jones, Chairman of James Jones & Sons, said: “We were honoured to welcome His Majesty to our Aboyne site to demonstrate the extent of our recent sawmill investments and technology upgrades. We discussed the significant benefits of productive forestry acting as carbon sinks and the merits of continuing to meet and exceed annual planting targets across the UK. We were able to showcase the environmental advantages of UK grown structural timber products to support our collective views on building future houses sustainably.”
The King thanked “marvellous” workers for processing timber from Balmoral. He said: “Well done everybody, thank you very much for all the efforts you made. I hadn’t realised what an area you cover around the world, it depends on all the marvellous people who put so much into it.”