A group of pupils from Aboyne Academy recently visited the James Jones sawmill at Aboyne to learn more about the timber industry.
Depute Rector Malcolm MacIntyre commented:
"Aboyne Academy visited James Jones' Aboyne sawmill as part of cross-curricular day for S3 pupils. Pupils visited a range of stations to learn about various aspects of the forest industry including the processing management. James Jones Ltd provided a talk then tour round the Aboyne mill. The range of operations and technologies in place was clearly an eye-opener to the pupils who I know thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I doubt if any appreciated the scale of timber operations prior to their visit nor the complexity of the processing, and this will have a had a very positive educational impact on them."
Neil Snedden, North Mills General Manager at James Jones, said:
"It's important we make young people aware of the career opportunities that are open to them in today's timber industry and this was an excellent chance to let school pupils, who might be starting to think about their future, see what we do."